While your empirical evidence is impressive, I'm still dubious that an
old man sitting on the floor under a doorknob, with wind blowing on
him through a keyhole is the image Eliot was going for.
But props for the experiment!
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On Mar 4, 2010, at 7:45 PM, George Carless <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Diana Manister ([log in to unmask]) wrote the following on Thu,
> Mar 04, 2010 at 07:05:27PM +0000:
>> Dear George,
>> An seated adult could not be "under" a door knob either. Maybe
> This is of course one of the sillier exchanges yet held on this list
> (although goodness knows there's plenty
> of competition), but: I'm 6'3" and I just sat down (on the floor--it
> probably wasn't clear that I meant
> that) with my back against my office door and, well, the doorknob
> was directly above my head.
> Happy to test theories in literature with experiential data,
>>> Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 10:08:47 -0500
>>> From: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: 'Gerontion' -- the dramatic arc
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Diana Manister ([log in to unmask]) wrote the following on Wed,
>>> Mar 03, 2010 at 07:38:50PM -0500:
>>>> Dear George,
>>>> He would have to be three feet tall to be under a doorknob. A windy
>>>> hill seems more likely. A house could be under a hill.
>>> Well, of course (as I think I said) he would need to be sitting
>>> down; the image that comes to my mind is of
>>> G sitting with his back to the door. But, yes, now I re-read it
>>> it's clearer that it's the HOUSE that is
>>> "under a windy knob."
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