Meaning two is appropriate.Meaning one would seem to apply to his psyche rather than his body.he may indeed be thin but there is nothingI can see in the poem that says ghe is physically weak.I suppose if one wanted to speculate, essay style, one mightwonder what his mother did to his pyschic orchids.Cheers,Peter.----- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">cr mittalSent: Saturday, April 29, 2006 8:57 PMSubject: Re: 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'Hello Peeeeter,I'm speaking from fieeeelds of sleeep.The sin of language error is heavy on my soul.Don't you think the usage of 'emasculated'as good as 'emaciated' here, after all.Pray, consider Prufrock taking all thetoasts and tea and ice-creamto muster strength equal to the task.Re...gar..d..s~ CRFrom Dictionary.com:e·mas·cu·late
tr.v. e·mas·cu·lat·ed, e·mas·cu·lat·ing, e·mas·cu·lates
- To castrate.
- To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
- Deprived of virility, strength, or vigor.