Diana Manister wrote:
> Dear Nancy,
> The typist and young man seem to be portrayed as in an ongoing
> relationship. Eliot it seems to me is condemning the perfunctory
> nature of their sexual relation. She regards it as obligatory. She has
> no dream of love. By creating these specific characters to make his
> point Eliot indicates that he sees lower class people as animalistic.
Perhaps Eliot regarded the lower classes as animalistic, but this
episode certainly isn't evidence. It is precisely what some would call
"animalistic sexual passion" which is lacking from the pair. Their
problem then would be that they are not animalistic enough.
That is absurd, but so is your suggestion. Keep animalistic out of it
one way or the other.
Also, this construal does not contradict Nancy's suggestion that the
young man commits Date Rape.
And finally, it seems odd to speak of Eliot "making a point" here.
Point-making seems precisely what is carefully kept out of the poem.