Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.

Friday, 30 March 2018

In "Aspects of the Novel"

E.M. Forster wrote:

In daily life we never really understand each other,
neither complete clairvoyance nor complete confessional exists.
We know each other approximately, by external signs,

and these serve well enough as a basis for society
and even for intimacy.

Well...no, Maurice.  It is obvious to any reader
or writer of novels that they do not serve well enough.


Marcus Billson said...

Nor memoirs, nor diaries, nor history. E.M. Forster tried to overcome the approximation of external signs. He did write about things that were unwritable for his time. Explain the first part of your response. Maurice was Forster's autobiographical novel about his own closeted homosexuality. Is that what you are referring to?

Wofl said...

No. I thought I said that 'external signs' are not much good. Especially if you read them wrongly.