It might mean knobby knees, or Knob Hill, or any number of knobby
things, the point is to establish evidence from the text as to its
meanings, not to offer web-spinning as a valid interpretation.
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On Mar 3, 2010, at 2:09 AM, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
> Wikipaedia supplies the following:
> a.. A rounded handle that one pulls or twists:
> a.. Doorknob, a round handle one turns to open any door
> b.. Control knob, controls a device
> c.. Brodie knob on the steering wheel
> b.. A prominent rounded hill or mountain, particularly in the
> and the Ozarks
> c.. Knob (band), an Israeli Electro-House band
> d.. A slang term for the penis
> e.. A derogatory epithet similar to "idiot"
> If Gerontion is sitting below the window in which the jew is
> and sees the jew as an idiot and so uses his favourite slang word of
> then it might make sense.
> In an episode of the Inspector Morse series, set in Oxford at a
> featureing John Guilgud as the Prexy of Oxford, entitled Twilight of
> there is a WWII persecutor of Jews (only exposed as such at the end)
> who is
> very rich and totally obnoxious. He refers to almost everyone as
> knob or
> knobhead and addresses them as such. The whole thing is one of the
> send ups of academia I have seen.
> So "windy knob" might well mean the jew in the window talking a lot,
> or at
> least as the source of scripture, but the line comes well after the
> introduction of Christ.
> If the part before the juvescence of the year is in fact a reference
> to the historical period of Judaism, pre Christianity, then "the jew"
> could well be seen as Abraham, for he truly was the only Jew at one
> I rather like that idea.
> There is also the Israeli Electro-House band called Knob.
> Perhaps it transcends time.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "George Carless" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 5:20 PM
> Subject: Re: 'Gerontion' -- the dramatic arc
>> Diana Manister ([log in to unmask]) wrote the following on Tue,
>> Mar 02,
> 2010 at 07:21:42PM -0500:
>>> I have no clue about what is meant by "a windy knob" or why the old
>>> man is under it. Can anyone decipher that for me?
>> I'm not sure, but note that "windy" is repeated three times through
> poem, and quite prominently. Im
>> this instance it would seem likely that it's a door knob,
>> indicating that
> the man is sitting with his back
>> to the door. Windy because draughty, perhaps - in that the wind
> through it?