While on vacation in Italy, affluent young Lucy Honeychurch becomes attracted to passionate, vital George Emerson. Once they are back in England, however, Lucy becomes engaged to the dilettante Cecil Vyse, an emblem of bloodless English society. When the Emersons move to town, Lucy, still attracted to George, realizes that she does not love Cecil. Encouraged by George’s father, and despite opposition from her own family, she marries George, and they spend their honeymoon in Italy, which represents freedom and passion. The Modern Library ranked A Room with a View 79th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.