Shrove Tuesday is day before Ash Wednesday. This may be 1st or 2nd time he is going through Lent. He became an assiduous AngloCatholic for whom the WHOLE of Catholic sensibility was important. He literally swallowed and digested the whole thing all at once. I could believe he dated any correspondence written on a day of liturgical significance (ref the word shrieve/shrove/shriven) esp if the recipient were of like mind.
"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Sorry Tom. I've got a serious thought about the letter but I'm too Eliot'ed
>out to get serious right now. Please except this for tonight.
>> Shrove Tuesday [ 12 Feb.] 1929
>Shrove Tuesday!!!! What is happening here? Did Eliot ever date a letter
>Saint Bingo's* Day? What did the day being Shrove Tuesday have anything to
>do with the letter? Christmas I could see (Hey Elmer, I've gone to Mass,
>set up the tree, helped the wife cook dinner and entertained the family but
>I've still managed to find time to write you.)
> Rick Parker
>*There must be a Saint Bingo. A block away from me in an old neighborhood a
>church had "Bingo" in the biggest letters on the biggest sign out front. In
>the town's red light district there was "Our Lady of the Evening" too. (No,
>just kidding about that one.)