We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Only connect” makes its entrance shortly after Margaret Schlegel, the novel’s liberal intellectual heroine, is first kissed by Henry Wilcox, the conservative businessman whom she has rather surprisingly agreed to marry. Passion has played little part in their relationship, and though they have gotten engaged they have not yet touched. When Wilcox suddenly embraces her, then, Margaret “was startled and nearly screamed,” and though she tries to kiss “with genuine love the lips that were pressed against her own,” she feels afterwards that “on looking back, the incident displeased her. It was so isolated. Nothing in their previous conversation had heralded it, and, worse still, no tenderness had ensued ... he had hurried away as if ashamed.” A few pages later, Margaret’s reflections on this erotic incompetence lead, as often happens in Forster’s fiction, into an authorial homily...
Forster, like CS Lewis and so many splendid writers, was a sexual innocent. Nothing wrong with that, in my view. Fun and diverting and even bonding as it may be, there is more to life than animal instincts. (Not that we disparage those, here at Maggie's Farm, where the animals shamelessly mate, feed, and drink at the drop of a hat.)
Hookay, I'll jump in.
"Innocence" is a wholesome state free of sin or guilt. It is not merely ignorance and it may not include ignorance. A nun may be innocent of sex but very knowledgable, depending on her life experience. Innocence is often mistaken for ignorance, and perhaps for cheerfulness. It may not include either one.
Or - a teen couple may be sexually active together, cheerful and affectionate. I would call them innocent if their sex is clean, affectionate and responsible.
A tedious sex life of a man and woman, married for status or ego or other less cheerful reasons, may in its way be dirtier than the unsanctioned sex of affectionate unmarried people.
I have no idea what C.S. Lewis's sexual history may have been. He was an atheist at a time when many atheists were also hedonistic, but that doesn't automatically include him. In "The Horse and His Boy", sexual themes lie a little way under the surface of the story.
I do know a little bit about C. S. Lewis' private life, since he is one of my favorite authors. He lived the somewhat anemic life of a British academic for most of the first part of his life. Then he met an American woman with whom he fell deeply in love, and married her.
They appear to have been very happy for an unfortunately brief time, when she became ill [can't remember if it was cancer or not]. She died, and this devastated him. He wrote a short, sad, lyrical book about his loss, called "A Grief Observed," which is well worth reading, both for the prose [very moving] and as a study of how grief for the death of a loved one can change your life.