A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson—who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist—Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.
In the first blush of young womanhood, Lucy Honeychurch arrives in Florence, Italy, to discover that the rooms with a view in which she had expected to stay have instead been let to a young gentleman and his father. And while the men in question make clear their intention to vacate the rooms in Lucy's favour, Miss Honeychurch and her chaperone are not entirely sure of the propriety of that action.
It is only through her budding relationship with the Emersons that Lucy comes to question the strictures of Edwardian society, and to choose for herself the kind of life she wishes to lead.
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