This is Audrey’s tattoo.
I got this tattoo because the quote, and really the whole book, deals with having a view outside of just what society has taught us. The room of this novel is society’s rules and the view is the willingness to not always just succumb to those rules. That theme is something I hope to carry throughout my life as well. There is always a struggle between doing what is expected of us and what we feel is right or even just what we want. I hope to always overcome that struggle.
“I have a view, I have a view.”
Miss Bartlett was startled. Generally at a pension people looked them over for a day or two before speaking, and often did not find out that they would “do” till they had gone. She knew that the intruder was ill-bred, even before she glanced at him. He was an old man, of heavy build, with a fair, shaven face and large eyes. There was something childish in those eyes, though it was not the childishness of senility. What exactly it was Miss Bartlett did not stop to consider, for her glance passed on to his clothes. These did not attract her. He was probably trying to become acquainted with them before they got into the swim. So she assumed a dazed expression when he spoke to her, and then said: “A view? Oh, a view! How delightful a view is!”
– E.M. Forster, A Room with a View