Forster as Homosexual

Possibly the most famous sentence in Forster's fiction is the one that comes out of the blue at the start…

Possibly the most famous sentence in Forster’s fiction is the one that comes out of the blue at the start of Chapter Five of The Longest Journey: “Gerald died that afternoon.” The sentence is there with no preparation whatever—no novelistic “plant,” no hidden tracks laid out in advance. Just before the turning of the page we have seen Gerald resplendent in his sexual prime, “with the figure of a Greek athlete and the face of an English one,” a football player of no special distinction but the fact of his glorious aliveness. Then, without warning, he is “broken up.”

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Forster as Homosexual

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