A COT with a View: Optimism in Edwardian England and Central Florida

Steven Johnson

“Don’t you agree that, on one’s first visit to Florence, one must have a room with a view?”

“For the first time in history, all of us can have a say about the kind of world we want to live in. The choices we have made for the past 30,000 years have been inventing the future one day at a time. And now, it’s your turn.”

The first quote is from the 1985 film adaptation of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View – spoken by a young British woman, Lucy Honeychurch, lamenting about her living quarters while staying in a Florentine pensione. She is assigned a room below expectations (without a view), but quickly finds herself in a position to trade her rooms with two other travelers, whose rooms do have a view. An opportunity for something better arises, and she takes it.

The second quote is from the current incarnation…

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