"I'm curious about why you think Eliot would have objected to heat and bad
manners, of which he seemed to have a great deal himself? Or why we
should, as readers of Eliot, try to live by his views even if he were always
temperate. I mean this as a serious question, not a confrontation.
You will note that I thought Old Possum would not approve. This, a later
mask of Eliot's, represented his 'respectable' self.
As to how TSE might react to the postings, I have no idea.
In truth the lines from Simeon came to me as a comment on the devastation
that life can cause and I wanted to bring TSE back to the postings to the
As to how people live their lives, that is for them to determine for
I would certainly not prescribe for anyone.