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Howards End

Howards End

  

by E.M. Forster

Miss Avery

Character Analysis

Miss Avery is more than a little creepy, and we're not sure how firmly she's planted on her rocker. She's the caretaker of Howards End, and was a close childhood friend of Ruth Wilcox's, despite the difference in their social statuses (Miss Avery and her family are of a lower class). She's convinced that Margaret, who she seems to see as the inheritor of her old friend Ruth's legacy, will come to live at Howards End, despite the fact that Margaret keeps denying it, and she goes so far as to set up all of the Schlegel furniture up in the house while it's in storage there. She can clearly see the connection between Margaret and the first Mrs. Wilcox – we're not sure how – and she understands the need for Howards End to stay with someone who loves and cares for it.

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