First, I do NOT speak French, but could line 202 in The Waste Land be a 
translation pun?

"Et O ces voix d'enfants, chantant dans la coupole" = "And, O those 
children's voices singing in the dome!"

Could it also be translated "And, O these childlike parsons, lilting in the 
cupola (or dome)"? or " . . . childlike voices . . ."? Might this be a slap 
at the religious, or a reference not to children but the quality of the 

Just wondering, and this list may have covered this already, so my apologies 
if I am plowing an old field, or if this question is too tangential.

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From: Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Carbuncular
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 15:55:44 -0400 (EDT)

Marcia Karp wrote:

 > After I read "April ..." I then read the next line and the next.  When
 > I encounter "Mixing memory ..." I trust there is a connection to the
 > first line.

It may be misplaced trust.

Are the people in the following lines the same people?  If you trust
the lines they are but I rather doubt it.

           5 Winter kept us warm, covering
           8 Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee

Make a connection between these lines without writing an essay:

           201 They wash their feet in soda water
           202 Et, O ces voix d'enfants, chantant dans la coupole!
           203 Twit twit twit

    Rick Parker

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