Thanks, Rita -- To me, the "stair" is internal, a staircase bewteen floors (to JAP it is a place of vulnerability because others can view him from above) and the "music from a farther room," as well as the artwork that prompts feminine reactions, suggests a mansion of an art collector who entertained with live music (as did Mrs. Jack, who invited Harvard undergrads to her place).
I think it's likely that TSE had the same house in mind in both Portrait of a Lady and LSJAP; somewhere TSE said it was not just Ms Moffatt whom he had in mind when he wrote POL -- I think the composite figure may have had Mrs Jack Gardner in mind as well. -- Jim Loucks
From: Rita Proffitt [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Mon 22-Sep-03 9:46 PM
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Subject: Re: A More Interesting Survey
HI all, I am basically an observer on TSE. I originally joined for help in my class, but found this to be quite amusing and informative. My age is 53. I just returned from a business trip to Boston. Visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Asked if they had ever heard that TSE may have based his poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock on her estate. They had not heard that interpretation, but had me sign a list to ask others. Will let you know if I hear anything worthy of this list. rp