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by E.M. Forster
Mrs. Wilcox Timeline and Summary
Mrs. Wilcox notices that Helen and Paul are in love. After the Wilcoxes move in across the street from the Schlegels, Mrs. Wilcox sends a friendly note to Margaret. Margaret rebuffs this offer of friendship. Mrs. Wilcox writes back to inform her that Paul is out of the picture, and she needn't worry. Margaret rushes over to apologize, and we find Mrs. Wilcox in bed for the day. We wonder if she's well. Mrs. Wilcox and Margaret go Christmas shopping together. Mrs. Wilcox is troubled by the idea that the Schlegels will be without a family home soon, and she keeps bringing it up while they are shopping. Mrs. Wilcox invites Margaret down to Howards End on the spur of the moment. Margaret says no, and Mrs. Wilcox goes a little cold. At home, Margaret changes her mind, and dashes to the train station, where she finds Mrs. Wilcox waiting for the train to Hilton. Before they can embark, Evie and Mr. Wilcox show up coincidentally, and everyone goes home. The trip to Howards End is delayed. Mrs. Wilcox dies and is buried in Hilton. Her last act is to change her will to give Howards End to Margaret.