Eliot lists this as one of the three themes in the "first part of Part
V." Does anyone know of any writings by Eliot which specify this -- or
can we take "decay" as a euphemism for the Russian Revolution?
It is interesting (assuming the Revolution is meant) how he is able to
have one narrative apply to both that revolution and the arrest and
trial of Christ: Prison and palace and reverberations.
P.S. There were those who opposed the slaughter of WWI: Debsian
Socialists, the IWW, & William Jennings Bryan in the U.S.; Irish
revolutionaries; Bertrand Russell; Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht;
Lenin & the Bolsheviks. The real heroes of that war. Bryan should be
remembered for that act rather than for the farce of the Scopes trial.