It seems, from what I have recently read,
that the French and Belgians didn't see it
quite that way. The war was fought all on
their territory, and had they not had some
reparations help, they would have been left
dangerously destitute. It was a dmaned if you
do, and damned if you don't exercise. I
could believe Eliot would have beem sensitive
to that, Gerontian, or not.


Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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Subject: Re: History's cunning passages

I think many images in "Gerontion" are evoked by responses to Versailles
and to the idea that it made things worse and would create chaos.

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Nancy Gish wrote:

>I think, however, that it matters that he changed "nature"
>to "history" at the time he did (sometime between the summer of 1919 when
>the first draft was written and 1920 when the poem was first published).
>He was working on the war reparations and reading about the treaty of
Dear Nancy,
    "Matters" how and to what?  History came to Eliot's mind?  Readers are
being pointed to Versailles?  Matters to an account of re-writing?