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That is not, as it happens, what the word means, and as I noted, the age is 
given specifically as 21.  "Carbuncular" means covered with acne or boils--
probably quite red faced in fact.
Nancy


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In a message dated 7/11/2001 7:20:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
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<< What does carbuncular mean, Kate >>

In this case, a heavy, colorless man,  who, although he doesn't take the
physical life of the object of his passing interest, certainly kills the
passion in her.  Eliot does describe the man as young, but some people are
never truly young at heart; they go directly from childhood into old age.