George Emerson
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George Emerson (Character)
from A Room with a View (1985)

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A Room with a View (1985)
George Emerson: My father says there is only one perfect view, and that's the view of the sky over our heads.
Cecil Vyse: I expect your father has been reading Dante.

George Emerson: He's the sort who can't know anyone intimately, least of all a woman. He doesn't know what a woman is. He wants you for a possession, something to look at, like a painting or an ivory box. Something to own and to display. He doesn't want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn't love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms.

Charlotte Bartlett: I would like to thank your father personally for his kindness to us.
George Emerson: You can't. He's in his bath.

Freddy Honeychurch: Come and have a bathe.
George Emerson: I'd like that.
Reverend Beebe: [laughs] That's the best conversation opening I've ever heard. "How do you do. Come and have a bathe."

Reverend Beebe: It's not coincidental that you're here now, when one comes to reflect on it.
George Emerson: I *have* reflected. It's fate. Everything is fate.
Reverend Beebe: You've not reflected at all. Let me cross-examine you. Where did you meet Mr. Vyse, who will marry Miss Honeychurch?
George Emerson: The National Gallery.
Reverend Beebe: Looking at Italian art! You see, you talk of coincidence and fate. You're naturally drawn to things Italian, as are we and all our friends, aren't we, Freddy? That narrows the field immeasurably.
George Emerson: It is fate. But call it Italy if it pleases you, Vicar.

Lucy Honeychurch: How quickly these accidents do happen and then one returns to the old life.
George Emerson: I don't. I mean, something's happened to me... and to you.

[last lines]
George Emerson: Kiss me, dear. Again.
Lucy Honeychurch: I'm reading.
George Emerson: What are you reading?
Lucy Honeychurch: It's from Freddy.
George Emerson: What does he say?
Lucy Honeychurch: Silly boy. He thinks he's being dignified. I mean, everybody knew we were going away in the spring.