George Carless ([log in to unmask]) wrote the following on Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 03:06:58PM -0500:
> Rickard A. Parker ([log in to unmask]) wrote the following on Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 10:17:06AM -0600:
> > A knob is a hill. Most likely open (unforested) or covered
> > with sheets of rock. I'm pretty sure that New Hampshire
> > has some peaks with Knob as part of the name. With
> > my corrupted system searches are a pain.
> > Eliot may have used the word knob instead of hill to bring
> > us back to the house image (door knob). I think though
> > that he wanted the image of a sphere (as with a door
> > knob) to represent the earth.
> (In answer to your question in another email) - There are (K)nob Hills all over the place... but I don't see
> that Knob as hill makes any sense in the context. A draughty house *under* a hill? Or, if it is Gerontion
> who is under the knob, how can he be under a hill while "in a house"? Sorry if I'm missing something; I'm
> just not seeing where "hill" comes into it. Why can't it just be a door knob? That would tie into the
> "hand on the door," the image of "vacant shuttles (who) weave the wind" through the halls. (I'm not saying
> it's *literally* a house, but to me the imagery needs its internal consistency.)
You know--sorry to respond to and to contradict myself--I suppose that the "knob = hill" reading actually IS
consistent with all of the "field overhead" stuff.
Incidentally, I thought http://everything2.com/title/Gerontion was quite interesting; probably much of it is
old hat for many of you, but for the casual reader it seems to identify some interesting points of entry.