I agree that musing is not quite meditating. It can even have the
connotation of humour about it, as in AMUSING. Not such
If in fact he/she/it is LAUGHING at
the deaths, would that tell us anything?
Eliot created a world. It is for us to recreate it.
Carrol Cox wrote:
>Peter Montgomery wrote:
>Why is he meditating?
>That is an interesting question and sent me back to TWL to refresh my
>memory on the passage. The word he uses is "musing," not meditating,
>though the words can be close synonyms. (No etymological reference to
>the Muses; it comes from an unattested Old French word for face -- as in
>a face that shows deep pondering or, alternately, absent-mindedness.)
>Elizabeth enters the section later (as someone has pointed out), and she
>had both a dead brother and a dead father as kings before her, but I
>don't know whether one can consider Edward a wreck or not.
>Eliot's poems do encourage (for better or worse) a lot of free
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