Carrol's insight underscores the deflating irony in "the young man *carbuncular*, *studded with gems* ;-) It goes well with the "Bradford millionaire". A masterly observation, Carrol! I'm surprised nobody noticed it for so long.
--- On Sun, 4/25/10, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The a Homes story called The Blue Carbuncle.
> Eliot loved Holmes allusions.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 1:52 PM
> Subject: Re: Narcissus's complexion
> > Carbuncle (gemstone) - Wikipedia:
> > A carbuncle is an archaic name given to any red
> cabochon cut gemstone.
> > The name applied particularly to red garnet.
> > This radical an ambiguity (acne or royal color) is
> unusual in poetry,
> > but Eliot may have intended it here.
> > Carroo