Nancy Gish ([log in to unmask]) wrote the following on Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 12:18:45PM -0500:
> Dear George,
> I think your take is both interesting and illuminating--especially the inversion of da Montefeltro. Could you
> elaborate on your last line? Condescension to whom? Certainly there is a great condescension to women in the
> line about Michelangelo, oddly mixed with his anxiety and paralysis in the presence of actual women. Did you
> mean to others as well?
I really meant towards women, although it's also towards the entire mode of living: anxious though Prufrock is,
he also considers himself superior (or, potentially superior?) to the banality of much of his life, or at least
to those aspects of his life that he would be able to share with his female companions. There's the dry humour
in the way in whichfoodstuffs are played against Prufrock's existential crisis. ".. a hundred visions
and revisions before the taking of a toast and tea"; "after tea and cakes and ices / have the strength to force
the moment to his crisis" -- there's a weary mockery here, isn't there?