Huxley's novel Chrome Yellow makes
some interesting references to Prufrock.
One of the main characters is a young
man home from college and madly in love
with one of his family's lady guests
who is only marginally aware of his
existence. She thinks his brand
new white flannel trousers are "sweet."
There's also an elderly aunt who heard
from some do-gooders association that
the British military needed peach
pits to use as bullets for their training
programs, and so she eats peaches practically
non-stop (in between bathroom visits).
Aside from this reference, I don't have
any info about the white trousers, but
I do know that parting the hair behind
was a particulary bohemian look at the time.
--- INGELBIEN RAPHAEL <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Peter Montgomery
> > BTW rolling trousers came in at about the time Prufrock
> > was written. It was a statement of youthful rebellion.
> That's an interesting take on the line. When I was first
> introduced to the
> poem, the lecturer suggested another explanation: as Prufrock
> imagines he is
> shrinking with age ('I grow old'), he starts adatping the
> content of his
> wardrobe to his diminished stature. In that case, 'rolled'
> should be
> interpreted as 'hemmed in' - not quite convincing, perhaps.
> Have you got a reference for rolling trousers as a sign of
> rebellion? Would
> white flannel have been rebellious as well? Another
> possibility: rolling the
> bottoms of one's trousers was an obvious thing to do before
> venturing onto
> the beach.
> RaphaŽl Ingelbien
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