What are the political presuppositions of the crucifixion of Celia on an
ant hill in the Cocktail Party? Where on earth, hypothetically, would
such scene be located in 1950? What business would an English woman have
inserting herself in such a location? Since the fact is only thrown in
almost parenthetically at the end, with no context or rationale given,
the play assumes that it will be perfectly intelligible to the audience.
What is one to say of an audience that can swallow that camel? What can
one say of the social/political premises of a playwright who can ask his
audience to swallow that camel? Are Eliot's assumptions the same as or
at least related to those of Kipling in "The White Man's Burden"?