> Significantly, there is the triple configuration of the line:
> Â "Who is the third*who walks always beside you?"
> "There is always another one walking beside you".
> "â€”But who is that on the other side of you?"
James Miller wrote:
It is a safe assumption that Vivenne Eliot learned early in her
marriage that she was in some obscure sense competing with some-
one whose presence was more felt than seen. The passage above is
not so shrill as the monologue in "A Game of Chess," but there is the
same nervousness and puzzlement-and nagging. Most telling, per-
haps, is the line, "I do not know whether a man or a woman." The
silent party in this unequal exchange surely knows, for we have just
witnessed his anguish over the incontrovertible fact-"He who was
living is now dead." The other who is always walking by his side is
the enduring memory which will not die, a memory as intrusive in a
marriage as a physical presence.