It's sad to discover Elbow Room just prior to its getting demolished and replaced by some A&M dental school. The bar's building is almost old enough to be historic, and the inside is a welcoming hangout. We tried some of their calzones, flatbreads, cheesy potato wedges, and salads, and most everything was to our liking.
What follows is an unremarkable romance save for the fact that it is about gay men in the early 20th century. Therefore, this is practically a queer-lit classic. Though the plot is simplistic, Forster's portrayal of the characters shows his attention to authenticity of feeling and sexual identity. This is by no means a masterpiece, but it is a short, enjoyable read--full of English schoolboy slang and charm. And, heavens to Betsy, we're even given a happy ending!
“Maurice was scandalized, horrified. He was shocked to the bottom of his suburban soul....”
P.P.S. Read E. M. Forster's note at the end. Robert didn't think it was important. It was.