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The tragic comedy developed by Forester outlines various consequences faced in marriages through the example of Lilia and Gino. While Philip and Miss Abott go to fight for the custody of Lilia’s son, Italy transforms them in a positive way. Italy significantly changes Philip to an understanding and a loving person. When Lilia was to about get married to Gino, Lilia’s mother-in-law dispatched Philip, a barrister and aesthete, to go and stop the marriage only to find out that they had married. Philip’s goes to Italy amidst his dislike of the place. Forster (6) asserts that Philip never liked Italy. The author states that, “And Philip, whom the idea of Italy always intoxicated, had started again, telling her of the supreme moments of her journey- the Campanile of Airolo, which would burst on her…” (Forster 6). This excerpt indicates that Philip hated Italy with passion hence went upon the request of her mother to stop Lilia’s marriage to Gino. In life, there are many times that individuals engage in actions where they are deemed not to due to challenges. Philip hated Italy with passion but accepted to go upon the request of his mother. From this excerpt, it is true that every individual who wants to achieve success and progress must endure various challenges, like Philip endured his dislike for Italy in order to stop the wedding between Lilia and Gino. Foster (6) adds that, “They all smiled steadily, excepting Philip, who was choking in the fog…” This is an indication that while he was there, Philip hated Italy. Nonetheless, he had to go and fulfill his mission despite the hatred. Every individual needs to focus on their success and progress without taking into considerations challenges associated. Had Philip followed his hatred for Italy, he would not have gone for the mission in the first place. After their return back home, Lilia wrote to them many letters from Italy. At this time, Philip still had strong hatred for Italy. However, in very few occasions, he was getting excited with Italy. For instance, when Lilia letter came from Monteriano, Italy, Philip was so excited (Foster 10). According to the author, “The letter was from Monteriano, and concluded with a not unsuccessful description of the wonderful little town”. It seems from this excerpt that Philip hated Italy before he had actually seen the place. However, after visiting the place for the first time during a mission to save Lilia from getting married to Gino, Philip started appreciating the beauty of Italy. Like scholars have asserted from the classical period, it is irrational for individuals to judge ‘books from their covers’. Philip had judged Italy without seeing the place. Having visited the place during his mission, Philip appreciated the beauty of the place to the extent that he wanted to go back again. While on their way to Italy, Philip had a chance of talking at length with Miss Abott. The two got involved in an intensive conversation throughout their journey into Monteriano. As Philip and Miss Abott got into conversation, they developed likings towards each other to the extent that romantic and love topics were brought into the conversation. Foster (22) clearly puts it that, “
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