As you indicated to me last night, you know I asked the question
about a chair's leg to get Diana and others not to be misled by a
> A literal meaning is simply different from a metaphorical or symbolic
It is a well-worn example of the difficulty in making such distinctions.
> Dear Carrol,
> Marcia asked you the question as a way of mocking what I posted. I
> leave you and Marcia to your self-satisfied gloating.
> Presumably my idiocy comprises a belief that Eliot's title is not
> meaningless. I never suggested ignoring the root of the word
> "Gerontion." Are you saying my approach is overly determinate or not
> sufficiently indeterminate? It seems to me you accused me of both.