I like Jill's better. It provides the basis for a new reading with many
interesting undertones. Your reading is surprisingly traditional for you.
Perhaps his "self-assuredness" speaks volumes to the behavior of men
towards women in post- W.W.I England regardless of that man's position or
Immediately after the war many of the clerks in TSE's bank would have been
veterans. The jobs available to young veterans upon their immediate
return usually were "dead-end", starter positions from which they either got
promoted or got out. This is as it should be as young veterans have few
civilian skills just as civilians have few military skills. TSE, though
nominally a clerk, was accorded slightly different treatment and was more
valuable to the bank because of his language knowledge and the bank's need
to service foreign accounts after the war.
Where do you come up with 21? Why not 24? The acne? Perhaps he did not
have acne but rather was afflicted with boils. I believe boils can be an
auto-immune disorder afflicting persons much like eczema does. If an
auto-immune disorder boils have nothing to do with cleanliness. Lack of
cleanliness remains, however, the popular cause and would certainly have
been TSE's attribution.
McIntosh, NM, USA
From: Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, July 13, 2001 10:52 AM
Subject: Re: Was his glass always half empty?