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Perhaps Eliot was reliving his muscal hall days.
Cats are slummers, atleast his cas. Remember he was a devotee
of Baudelaire's faubourgs. He was much taken with the vitality
and sense ofvalues of those folk. They appear here as kind loveable
folk. If they weren't so warm, one might almost say they were
satiric. I think he is commemorating the wonderfully satiric
folk of the music hall, but without getting heavy about it.

If Macavity is Moriarty, then where are the dybamic duo, ie
Holmes and Watson.

Cheers,
Peter.

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From: Meyer Robert K GS-9 99 CES/CECT
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Peter, that brings up another question I've wondered about.  It's obvious
the Macavity = Professor Moriarty from Doyle's Holmes stories, but are there
other people (real or in fiction) that TSE is parodying in "Practical Cats"?
The weird names kind of suggest he's doing something, whatever it is.  Like
"Mistoffelees" sounds like the devil in Boito's opera "Mefistofele" although
I don't see it in the poem itself.  And could "Gus: the theatre cat" be a
real person (maybe around the turn of the century), since TSE seems to enjoy
the theater?


Robert


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Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 10:35 AM
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. . . .

To be slightly ON TOPIC, one shouldn't forget
that Eliot was fond of the nefarious in literature,
esp. Sherlock Holmes. Even used a bit MURDER IN
THE CATHEDRAL which he was originally going to
call something like THE ARCHBISHOP MURDER CASE.
The Gaurdians in THE COCKTAIL PARTY have all the
characteristics of double agents, too.

Cheers,
Peter