I hate to resurrect the TWL epigraph confab, but one of the valid quetions
therein is whether the context of the sybil passage is vaid material to use
for elucidation of TWL.
I'm wondering if we could have a similarly sybilised discussion of
the role of THE TEMPEST in the second part of TWL. Given the
VERY significant, and indisputable allusion to Ariel's song
re pearls and eyes, and given that Ferd and Mird were so to speak
encapsulated by Prosp's magic (very sybilised of him, don't you think?),
and so resorted, to pass the time, to playing a game of chess, could
Miranda's utterance, during that scene, of one of Shakespeare's most
quotable lines (Thanks Aldous, old boy), be seen as a comment, by
Eliot, on the characters in "A Game of Chess" and maybe even in the
poem as a hole, er whole.
Whatcha thunk? Huh?