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Diana Manister wrote:
> 
> Yes, expensive. Especially for the elephants. Eliot would have taken
> this resonance of the word into account. Ivory men are men who trade
> in ivory as well as chess pieces made from ivory. A game of chess then
> includes the symbolic war taking place on the board and the slaughter
> of innocents. Diana

Interesting, but I suspect anachronistic. Is there any evidence
elsewhere in Eliot's works that he gave a damn what happened to
elephants -- or that he would have applied the term "innocent" (or
"guilty") to other than human agents?

Carrol