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Howards End

Howards End

by E.M. Forster

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

PG

Sex is definitely present here – after all, a baby arrives on the scene, and its conception is definitely not immaculate – but it's always well hidden in the shadows. We gather that Jacky and Henry had a physical relationship, that Leonard married Jacky in order to, you know, make an "honest woman" out of her, and that Leonard and Helen did the deed, but other than that, we don't get any more details. And, honestly, we really don't need them; part of what makes the sense of transgression and repression here so fascinating is the air of secrecy and discretion that surrounds sexuality.

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