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Posted by Saratha ( on 15:08:08 29/07/02

Wonder if someone can help. Where is this line from Forster taken, and what is the context?

"How can I know what I think till I see what I



Posted by Stephen Harlow ( on :13:36:16 29/08/04


Did you ever get an answer? The quote you mention is actually a slight misquote from Aspects of the Novel. The correct quote is "How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?" It occurs on p.108 of the Pelican paperback I have. You can search inside the book on where the quote appears on p.101.


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Posted by Heiko (editor) on 23:28:28 31/08/04

The quote for those without account:

"Another distinguished critic has agreed with Gide--that old lady in the anecdote who was accused by her niece of being illogical. For some time she could not be brought to understand what logic was, and when she grasped its true nature she was not so much angry as contemptuous. 'Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish!' she exclaimed. 'How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?' Her nieces, educated young women, thought that she was passée; she was really more up-to-date than they were." (EMF, _AN_, ed. Oliver Stallybrass (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976) 99)


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