Sprider/memory changes recollection to suit temperment,
a serious benificence if also
a causer of trouble.
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Subject: Re: "Overall context" was The Yoruba and TSE
> Carrol Cox wrote:
> > D A
> > Datta: what have we given?
> > My friend, blood shaking my heart
> > The awful daring of a moment's surrender
> > Which an age of prudence can never retract
> > By this, and this only, we have existed
> > Which is not to be found in our obituaries
> > Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
> > Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
> > In our empty rooms
> > It is almost tempting to comment, "Doesn't he wish!" A biographical
> > construal I suppose could gloss this as referring to his friend dead at
> > Dardanelles.
> > Incidentally, why is the spider beneficent?
> Seems to me that the narrator thinks that he and his friend will keep
> their memories to themselves even beyond the grave and that the spider
> will do good in draping even their gravestones.
> And then Eliot's note causes us to read about Flamineo's rant against
> the faithlessness of women.
> Rick Parker
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