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From: Carrol Cox

And Eliot might have at some time or another observed a woman leaning on
an area gate, but he certainly did not perceive a _housewife_ so leaning
because that is a relationship, not a physical fact, and so cannot be
observed. And there is no conceivable way he could have perceived that
(a) they had souls and (b) those souls were damp. As the old cliche
goes, none of us would recognize a damp soul if it bit us on the nose.
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I am moved by fancies that are curled
around these images, and cling:
the notion of some infinitely gentle,
infintely suffering thing.

Cheers,
Peter