From: INGELBIEN RAPHAEL
From: Peter Montgomery
> BTW rolling trousers came in at about the time Prufrock
> was written. It was a statement of youthful rebellion.
That's an interesting take on the line. When I was first introduced to
poem, the lecturer suggested another explanation: as Prufrock imagines
shrinking with age ('I grow old'), he starts adatping the content of his
wardrobe to his diminished stature. In that case, 'rolled' should be
interpreted as 'hemmed in' - not quite convincing, perhaps.
Have you got a reference for rolling trousers as a sign of rebellion?
white flannel have been rebellious as well? Another possibility: rolling
bottoms of one's trousers was an obvious thing to do before venturing
Learned it from uncle Marshall (McLuhan) in his 3rd year
lit. class. He did a couple of his later degrees at
Cambridge in the '30s, soI guess he'd been there and
done that. He particularly liked to punt, if memory
Rick has, I have seen, subsequently confirmed the above in his EMILY post.
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