As it happens, Jennifer is absolutely right about how words work, and
anyone who does look up words and understands them is really extremely
unlikely to be jealous of one who does not.
Date sent: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 10:38:59 EDT
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Subject: Re: Carbuncular
In a message dated 7/16/2001 10:29:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> Besides, if the clerk were heavy as you suggest (which carbon
> dioxide I
> believe is not, though I haven't checked its mass), how could he have
> such light assurance ('as a silk hat'); if he were slow, he would not
> 'assault at once', and so on (Eliot has him 'flit' in the drafts).
> What do you mean by 'colourless'? That he is invisible?
> I think it's deceitful and unhelpful to create stories about the
> of those who flit through these poems, about whom we know almost nothing
> and yet something. For part of Eliot's point is to teach you the
> borderline between suspicions and the deception that what you suspect is
> true, is a piece of knowledge.
By colorless, I mean uninteresting. I'll continue to interpret Mr.
Eliot's poetry as I see it. Your comments are most unhelpful. Perhaps
you need to remember that jealousy acts in the same manner as too dark
sunglasses in the seeking of knowledge .