Charlie Brown is called "Charlie Brown" and "Chuck" and "that little
roundheaded kid."  He is never called "Chuckie."  Is this an example of a
secret code in reading the strip?

And then, of course, his perceptions are also not represented in the strip
as very nuanced.

Or, to be serious, Steve and D.Peters and Raphael have done what others
have not and everyone claims to want--started a discussion of Eliot.  Why
are these and Jacek's quite gratuitously sneering comments the result?
Why not suggest what you think a serious reading?  Say, Linus's?

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From: INGELBIEN RAPHAEL [mailto:[log in to unmask]]

Signalling their 'availability'? This seems to be some sort of seedy
neighbourhood ('narrow streets'), but is it a cruising area? Cruising from
a window doesn't seem very practical - or is it?
====================================== What a discussion.
When I see a
poem read as if it were some sort of secret code for which one has to
develop a decryption key, or better yet a lock into which one is trying to
jam a predetermined decryption key, I think of a strip of the Charlie
Brown cartoon, in which Chuckie and his friends are lying on their backs
staring up at the clouds, and describing the shapes they can find therein.
Chuckie's friends find all kinds of sophisticated objects like 3 masted
ships, and gorillas standing on their heads, &c. Chuckie says something
like "Good grief! And all I saw was two rabbits and a duckie."


Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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