Dear Jennifer and all,
It is appendix C. I think, however, that it matters that he changed "nature"
to "history" at the time he did (sometime between the summer of 1919
when the first draft was written and 1920 when the poem was first
published). He was working on the war reparations and reading about the
treaty of Versailles.
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From: Jennifer Formichelli <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: History's cunning passages
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To attempt an answer of what you write below:
On Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at 11:16 AM, Carrol Cox wrote:
>> Or what is the point of history's many winding passages?
First, they are 'cunning' passages, not winding ones (therefore making
'passage' ambiguous). Initially, in the drafts (Appendix C I believe of
the March Hare) they were not history's passage, but nature's. I think the
lines allude to the castle in which De Flores lures Alfonso (the betrothed
of Beatrice) to his death in The Changeling; Eliot directly alludes to the
passage (so to speak) in the beautiful verse paragraph from 'Gerontion':
'I am that was near to your heart was removed therefrom'. Beatrice's lines
(quoted by TSE in his essay on Middleton, 1927) run: 'I am that [that am,
variant texts] of your blood that was taken from you/For your better
health'. (I had better say now that I quote from memory.)
Of course Gerontion's passages (if not 'Gerontion''s passages) are
cunning too; I am not sure how far one ought to trust one who considers
himself untrustworthy: 'I would meet you upon this honestly'.