I am sorry if I mistook that comment as yours. Sometimes when posts build up
I become confused. Also, I apologize to listers for the many typos my post
Carol Seymour-Jones was, I thought, quite harsh about the Eliot's finances.
There really isn't very much evidence that Vivien[ne] was a big spender (in
fact, TSE I believe says just the opposite). I think it should be kept in
mind that people might have different ideas about what they need, too.
I disagree with Nancy still, I think. Eliot took the bank job in 1916.
Before that he worked at Highgate School; he lectured 1916-19 for extra
money as well as doing other things. Eliot never asked his father to support
him for any deal of time. He was resourceful about working and finding work.
And I believe, in fact, that at the time many men were paternally supported
(perhaps not the right word): a lot of those in Eliot's circle lived
entirely off their fathers' estates and their inheritance. Including, I
believe, Bertrand Russell. The extent to which he loaned or gave the Eliots
money has, I think, been exaggerated (however, he did loan them some, and
helped in other ways, whether he was having an affair with VE or not).
I think this discussion is important because of the how Eliot transmutes
some of his thoughts on money--he said the science of money fascinated
him-- into his poems, especially TWL.
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: Eliot's finances: a reply to Nancy and Rick (was, 'Printing of
> Jennifer Formichelli wrote:
> > I remind Rick that Lloyd's was giving him sick pay when he was at
> > Luzanne (also, I remind him that Dr. Vittol was known for charging
> > very modest prices, and Eliot's letters about entering the treatment
> > also inquire about price)
> I had no complaint about that. From what I remember from "Painted
> Shadow" it was Vivien who was the big spender and not just her medical
> expenses. There were economies but there was a lot of spending on
> things they did not need. The saying "Penny wise, pound foolish"
> comes to mind.
> Rick Parker