Howard's End. by E.M. Forster (Hardcover) by Forster E. M.
When a brief romance between Helen Schlegel and Paul Wilcox ends badly their two very different families are brought into collision. The liberal intellectual Schlegels who had hoped never to see the capitalist pragmatic Wilcoxes again learn that Paul's family are moving from their country estate - Howards End - to a flat just across the road. As the lives of the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes become increasingly entangled Helen befriends Leonard Bast a man of lower social status. His presence further inflames the families' political and cultural differences which are brought to a head in a fatal confrontation at Howards End.