Justin Blessinger wrote:
> If Rick was winging it without having real familiarity with the gospels,
> he'd still have to have been performing a masterful misreading of
> Eliot's own text:
> Who is the third who walks always beside you?
> When I count, there are only you and I together
> But when I look ahead up the white road
> There is always another one walking beside you
> "Invisible" is a problematic word, but it's obvious that there's some
> sort of illusory nature to this third character. When the speaker LOOKS
> he can see one, yet when he COUNTS he apparently can't see the third.
I see this section as being VERY personal to Eliot. It can be seen as
much a part of his marriage as the husband and wife scene in Part II.
The counter can be seen as his wife. She only knows (can count) that
the road (marriage?) has two in it but when she looks (sees, perceives,
feels) there is another there. She does not know whether the figure is
male or female (Verdenal? Hale?)
As for my note about this being one of the sections in TWL where the
real is not seen - I see that the figure was real, there was something that
Eliot was hiding. In Part II personal relationships in a marriage are being
kept concealed too.
The notes about Emmaus might be a way to introduce an objective
correlative. The notes about Shakleton seem to fit into the category of
the notes "What the hell did he mean by that?" I haven't cracked that