Steven Spender wrote:

    Eliot could be less than helpful if one tried to "explicate" him.
    In 1929, there was a meeting of the Oxford Poetry Club at which he was
    the guest of honor. ... An undergraduate asked Eliot: "Please, sir,
    what do you mean by the line: 'Lady, three white leopards sat under a
    juniper-tree?'"  Eliot looked at him and said: "I mean, 'Lady, three
    white leopards sat under a juniper-tree.'"

Quoted from:
    "T.S. Eliot"  Stephen Spender, p. 133

Originally from Spender in:
    "T.S. Eliot, The Man and His Work"  Allen Tate, ed. p.46

    Rick Parker