Seems to me we've been around this corner of the track before, but, just
as a reminder: having a "cold" was 19th C. London slang for leaving
with rent unpaid. Having a "bad cold" meant leaving with a serious
indebtedness. In general though, it was a reference to having gonorrhea.
If the seer is sick, how valid is the vision?
A two-dimensional, playing card world?
From: Rickard A. Parker
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Sent: 2004-Oct-25 7:34 AM
Subject: Re: Elizabethan? Marlow? : a reply to Peter; was Death by Water, a
Jennifer Formichelli wrote:
> Second, the Sibyl a sister to Tiresias (actually, she is a lot more
> like Tithonus)? Hmm. Perhaps there is some resonance between them,
> though we should keep in mind that the Sibyl does not appear in the
> poem, but rather outside of it, in the epigraph (at once a part of the
> poem and apart from it).
Pat Sloane, the late TSE list member, suggested a different idea:
To make sense out of The Waste Land, we may need to assume that the
Sibyl of Cumae appears in the poem as a series of male and female
characters, the ones that possess Greek names-and ambiguous gender.