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Well the entire relationship was odd, wasn't it? It was not just Vivien who was a bit off, but both of them. (He wore green face powder sometimes. Not your average bear.) Some commentators say his distance and coldness exacerbated her problems, but it's a chicken-and-egg question I suppose. Diana

From:  Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject:  Re: Item from The Guardian
Date:  Wed, 13 Sep 2006 17:31:49 -0400
His tears hardly seem odd to me, but I suppose that's one reason we need poetry--to enlarge our understanding of other people.

Marcia

Diana Manister wrote:

>I recall reading in some biography that Eliot broke down in tears
>when he was informed of Vivienne's death, which struck me as odd
>since he never visited her during her hospitalization and avoided
>her before that. If he knew she killed herself, it might explain his
>reaction. Diana
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