So he wants to go by Scudder’s name? I like to think Maurice would support marriage equality.
That’s the (canon) point of this scene, and exactly why it’s so poignant:
‘In ten years to the day, I invite you and your wife to dine with me and my wife as our guests … It’s a bargain then, is it?’ – Ducie to 14-year-old Maurice, opening scene.
‘For two people in love to marry strikes me as very jolly.’ – Maurice to his sister Ada after his loss of Clive.
And, in Forster’s early/unpublished draft, written in 1913-14, Maurice actually uses the word marriage to Alec outside the museum after this scene:
‘Men like ourselves can’t have our cake and eat it. We can’t have the particular thing we want (which is roughly speaking marriage) unless we sacrifice something else.’
– E. M. Forster, Maurice, 1914 manuscript, Ch. 53. (From the notes to the 1999 Abinger Edition, p.292)
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