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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, and also homosexual. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the pyschological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.

Many years later, Maurice is a Cambridge student, still average, until he happens to meet [[UpperClassTwit Clive Durham]], who becomes his best friend. Clive eventually confesses his love to Maurice, hoping that Maurice will understand thanks to reading Creator/{{Plato}}. He doesn't. However, after some time to think, Maurice realizes that he loves Clive and they make up, leading to a happy relationship for the next two years. Unfortunately, Clive, who was adamant that their relationship be completely sexless, eventually starts siding more with society's views of homosexuality and decides to drop Maurice and get married to [[VirginityMakesYouStupid Anne]].

Maurice, upset and more certain than ever that he wants to be "[[CureYourGays cured]]", sees a family friend, Dr. Barry, who tells Maurice he's talking rubbish and closes the subject. After some time passes, Maurice tries seeing a hypnotist, who tells him there's a small chance he can be cured, but that they can try. Maurice mucks this up phenomenally shortly thereafter by having sex with the [[MrFanservice under-gamekeeper]] at Clive's estate, Alec Scudder. [[LastNameBasis Scudder]] is in fact moving to Argentina in a week, but because Maurice is infatuated, he does his best to persuade Scudder to stay in England, willing to give up his job and social status in order for them to be together. Surprisingly, it has a HappyEnding, no [[BuryYourGays deaths]] or [[{{Gayngst}} angst]], which is why though written in 1913, it was published in 1971, posthumously.

The book had a 1987 Merchant-Ivory film adaptation which was rather good, starring James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves.
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!!''Maurice'' provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The movie adds [[GentlemanSnarker Risley]]'s indecency trial to provide extra motivation for Clive breaking up with Maurice, and it works pretty seamlessly.
* BiTheWay: Alec, in the novel, explicitly states that he "cares for" both men and women.
* BuryYourGays: Averted. Also lampshaded by Forster in a 1960 essay about the book. However, a deleted scene from the film had Risley commit suicide after the above mentioned indecency trial.
* ChastityCouple: Maurice and Clive.
* ClosetKey: In the novel it is explicitly stated that Clive helped Maurice realize his sexuality.
* CureYourGays: Maurice goes to a hypnotist to try to change. Fails spectacularly.
* DistaffCounterpart: Some view the 1928 D.H. Lawrence novel ''Lady Chatterley's Lover'' as this, which has similar theme (like class difference) and both the gamekeepers are based on the same man.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* TheEdwardianEra: It's set just before the First World War with the feel of a GenteelInterbellumSetting.
* EnterStageWindow: Happens in both of Maurice's relationships. He first climbs into Clive's room and later Scudder climbs into his room.
* FunetikAksent: The book uses this technique to represent Scudder's lower-class speech, as faithfully rendered in the film.
* {{Gayngst}}: Though the ending avoids it the entire book features Maurice trying to overcome both society's and his own prejudice concerning sexuality (and class) in attempt to accept his homosexuality. It's just that territory.
* GreenEyedMonster: Maurice doesn't take his sister's interest in Clive very well.
* HappyEnding: An essential aspect of the story, and, as stated above, what made it unfit for publication until long after it was written.
* HeldGaze: Happens a few times.
* HoneyTrap: Risley falls into one.
* IncompatibleOrientation: In a way, both Clive/Maurice and Clive/Anne.
* InterClassRomance: After a failed platonic romance with [[UpperClassTwit Clive]], Maurice has sex with the under-gamekeeper at Clive's estate. Their class difference even more than their homosexuality is what nearly stops them from pursuing a real relationship.
* LastNameBasis: Alec who is often refered to as Scudder. According to the TheOtherWiki Forster did this to illustrate the idea of class difference. Maurice and Clive also only refer to each other by last name in school [[spoiler:until they accept that they've fallen in love. The last paragraph of the last chapter of Part One is them saying each other's first names.]]
* {{Oxbridge}}: The perfect location for a homo-romantic relationship between school fellows that is [[Literature/BridesheadRevisited doomed to fail]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Some people have criticized the ending as too unrealistically happy, claiming that it would be impossible for Maurice and Alec to maintain a homosexual and interclass relationship in early 20th century England, but Forster actually based them on real-life couple Edward Carpenter and George Merrill who ''were'' able to do just that.
* SecondLove: Maurice's relationship with Alec.
* StiffUpperLip: Clive's announcement that he is going to faint in the film.
* StraightGay: All the gay characters, excluding Risley.
* SuddenlySexuality: Subverted. In the book, Clive decides overnight that he is no longer in love with Maurice and now is attracted to women, having grown out of his interest in men. This is all told to the reader from [[UnreliableNarrator his perspective.]] At the end, it's revealed that only much later that would he realize he was kidding himself. Since this is all internal monologue, the movie opted to make it more obvious that he was just giving up for respectability's sake.
* TrainStationGoodbye: Maurice is sent home after disobeying the dean at Cambridge. Maurice and Clive hold hands until their hands are "ripped from one another".
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Anne never got so much as a "LieBackAndThinkOfEngland", making her and Clive's wedding night rather funny.

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