There is synchrony.
Three portraits of whores.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">David Boyd
To: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 1:43 AM
Subject: Re: Solving the crime in 4Q!

In a message dated 17/12/2006 09:09:32 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
The title quote's being used in E.'s portrait oof a lady adds
to the detective character of the TV episode: "You have the scene arrange itself
which it will seem to do." That is how Morse  (and Jane Tennison) thinks.
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From: David Boyd
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: Solving the crime in 4Q!

In a message dated 15/12/2006 04:24:09 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
When a detective is confronted with a crime scene, he or she is starting at the
end of the event, and must read the picture as a kind of cubist collection of
details which can lead him in different directions. The idea is to shuffle
the details again and again on the basis of different hypotheses until the right
combination (as in a slot machine) comes up. Lit crits who try to explain
meaning, &c, go through a somewhat similar process to do the post mortem
on the corpus.
Eliot is legendary for his interest in Sherlock Holmes, and how he and
his friends used to challenge each other with allusions to different Holmes stories.
There is, of course, the almost literal lifting of lines from the Musgrave
Ritual in MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. E. was also friends with
Dorothy Sayers, &c, &c. He loved mysteries.
So engage with the popular Dectective Chief Inspector Morse in an episode
called THE WENCH IS DEAD (now where in E's corpus does that reference reside?)
as he solves a supposedly already solved mystery of a 19th century crime in which
two men were unjustly hanged for killing a woman (probably a prostitute -- though no
one knew it except the murderer). Morse starts at the end and works backwards,
and shuffles the details in various ways. And lest one think this episode has nothing
to do with Eliot, Morse says, in the penultimate two lines: "To make an end is to make
a beginniing. The end is where we start from." The allusion is a double entendre,
for Morse has a personal stake in the thought himself. The episode has a double
plot. I've left the important one out here, so as not to spoil the story.
I'm a big fan both of Dorothy L Sayers [especially The Nine Tailors] and Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse [so sad that John Thaw who played the role so very fittingly well is no longer here] so this struck a lot of pleasantly sonorous chords, including that quotation, which I'm sure [as no doubt others will point out too]  is originally  from Christopher Marlowe's *Jew of Malta*.  It's Barabas, describing extenuating circumstances surrounding a charge of fornication:
"But that was in another country and besides, the wench is dead." 
Best wishes
Nevertheless, think its use by TSE as the epigraph to 'Portrait of a Lady' was acknowledged to Marlowe as the original source, and that this quote lives and shines through the literary firmament as pure Marlowe. [IMHO, it's bad enough  that Will the Shakespeare eclipses him as much as usually happens, without poor old Chris not getting his just creative desserts where both appropriate and totally justified !!]

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