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In a message dated 7/16/2001 10:29:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
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> .
>     Besides, if the clerk were heavy as you suggest (which carbon dioxide I 
> believe is not, though I haven't checked its mass), how could he have such 
> light assurance ('as a silk hat'); if he were slow, he would not 'assault 
> at once', and so on (Eliot has him 'flit' in the drafts). 
>     What do you mean by 'colourless'? That he is invisible?
>  
>     I think it's deceitful and unhelpful to create stories about the lives 
> of those who flit through these poems, about whom we know almost nothing 
> and yet something. For part of Eliot's point is to teach you the borderline 
> between suspicions and the deception that what you suspect is true, is a 
> piece of knowledge.
> 

By colorless, I mean uninteresting.  I'll continue to interpret Mr. Eliot's 
poetry as I see it.  Your comments are most unhelpful.  Perhaps you need to 
remember that jealousy acts in the same manner as too dark sunglasses in the 
seeking of knowledge .

Kate

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<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT  SIZE=2>In a message dated 7/16/2001 10:29:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
<BR>[log in to unmask] writes:
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<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">.</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Besides, if the clerk were heavy as you suggest (which carbon dioxide I 
<BR>believe is not, though I haven't checked its mass), how could he have such 
<BR>light assurance ('as a silk hat'); if he were slow, he would not 'assault 
<BR>at once', and so on (Eliot has him 'flit' in the drafts). </FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;What do you mean by 'colourless'? That he is invisible?</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">
<BR> 
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I think it's deceitful and unhelpful to create stories about the lives 
<BR>of those who flit through these poems, about whom we know almost nothing 
<BR>and yet something. For part of Eliot's point is to teach you the borderline 
<BR>between suspicions and the deception that what you suspect is true, is a 
<BR>piece of knowledge.</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">
<BR></BLOCKQUOTE>
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">
<BR>By colorless, I mean uninteresting. &nbsp;I'll continue to interpret Mr. Eliot's 
<BR>poetry as I see it. &nbsp;Your comments are most unhelpful. &nbsp;Perhaps you need to 
<BR>remember that jealousy acts in the same manner as too dark sunglasses in the 
<BR>seeking of knowledge .
<BR>
<BR>Kate</FONT></HTML>

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