Interesing what a simple question from a thoughtful
student can generate. She was more than satisfied to
accept, esp. given Rickard's shining find on the web,
that there was no connotation of upscaleness (such as
there might be today) in the use of the word. It is possible
that she was simply trying to catch her prof. off gaurd,
and she did a remarkably good job of it. I certainly
enjoyed the challenge, anyway.

Thanks for the help. Given what we've found so far,
I don't see how a case could be made for some form
of social disparity, but it would certainly be interesting,
if justification could be found.

Do we not have anyone on the list who is knowledgeable about
Les Flaneur?


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Subject: Re: steak

Even poorer neighborhoods (assuming that's the relevant environment), now
and, to my knowledge, then, would have both: (i) some number of people who
cook steak at home on any given night; and (ii) restaurants, or at least
pubs, where steak would be cooked for some percentage of the customers.  The
question of whether it suggests an incongruous affluance seems worth
pursuing, however (though I personally doubt it will survive scrutiny): if
socio-economic research suggets there is an incongruity there, more likely
than not Eliot intended it, I would think, since he lived and rambled in
those times and would not likely import an incongruity without reason.

Tom K

In a message dated 2/8/2004 11:25:03 PM Eastern Standard Time, Peter
Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> writes:

>You're welcome to accept or not accept whatever you want
>The simple matter of fact is that the student found the
>poem full of slum type imagery (whether you happen to
>like it or not), but found the image of steak inconsistent
>with the rest of the atmospherics. My best guess/suggestion
>was that steak might have meant something different at the
>time. It also allowed me to point out that poems do have
>a shelf life in terms of what their imagery &c might mean.