Peter, that brings up another question I've wondered about. It's obvious
the Macavity = Professor Moriarty from Doyle's Holmes stories, but are there
other people (real or in fiction) that TSE is parodying in "Practical Cats"?
The weird names kind of suggest he's doing something, whatever it is. Like
"Mistoffelees" sounds like the devil in Boito's opera "Mefistofele" although
I don't see it in the poem itself. And could "Gus: the theatre cat" be a
real person (maybe around the turn of the century), since TSE seems to enjoy
From: Peter Montgomery [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 10:35 AM
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Subject: Re: OT: Our Man in Havana (part is ONtOPIC)
. . . .
To be slightly ON TOPIC, one shouldn't forget
that Eliot was fond of the nefarious in literature,
esp. Sherlock Holmes. Even used a bit MURDER IN
THE CATHEDRAL which he was originally going to
call something like THE ARCHBISHOP MURDER CASE.
The Gaurdians in THE COCKTAIL PARTY have all the
characteristics of double agents, too.