In the end, Forster appreciates his characters' goodness much more than he mocks their faults.
Travel is a powerful force in the novel, and at its best it can be a life-altering experience.
Lucy's relationship to her music is an important insight into her character.
Her playing is an indication that she has untapped reserves of passion; Mr.
Uptight Cecil is always associated with the medieval; George is associated with the myths of the classical world.
Italy is the land of both the classical Roman world and the Renaissance, and Forster uses these eras as symbols of beauty and passion.
But it is the only match that could make her happy. The British characters of the novel have very strong ideas about the need to repress passion and control young girls.
Her match with Cecil is far more conventional, but marriage to Cecil would destroy Lucy's spirit. To achieve happiness, Lucy will have to fight these standards, many of which she has internalized, and learn to appreciate her own desires.
Class snobbery is a constant feature of A Room with a View.
The Emersons, because they are not refined, are the most frequent victims of this snobbery.