5th December

In December 1914 he was thinking about being attractive to women. He wrote to Syed Ross Masood, a former pupil he fell in love with, and related the 'awkward and surprising’ news that 'a young lady has fallen in love with me’. Forster wished she would stop, 'as she is very nice, and I enjoyed being friends’. The situation caused him to reflect on this 'ill constructed world’: 'Love is always being given where it is not required.’ (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of 5 December 1914)

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