Get Lyndall Gordon, _T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life_, or her earlier _Eliot's New Life_ and look up Emily Hale in the index.  I think you would find it fascinating reading.  

J. P. Earls, OSB
St. John's University 
Collegeville, MN 56321

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Subject: Re: Milton, FQ (why OT?)

Marcia Karp wrote:
> Dear J. P.,
>     I'm not responding based on any scholarship, my own or others.  Truth is I don't read Eliot scholarship, save from members of this list.  I never have doubted that Eliot, like all poets, can write only about what they know.  But I don't see how the poem asks the reader to place a name on the objects you've mentioned.  If you are trying to understand what went on inside Eliot, that's of no concern to me, but I won't interfer with the discussion.  But if you are saying that readers should think of Emily Hale, for instance, when reading "Royal Rose," I don't understand.
>     So, perhaps I'm asking what sort of tree it is we are eating from.

About my position also. It's been nearly 50 years since I read any Eliot
scholarship. Who is Emily Hale?