There was an ancient custom of burying a corpse to bring good luck for the next year's crops and this seems likely because of the mention of an early frost. It could also be a reference to a garden (and world) that is wasting away, where in the future nothing will grow, so it doesn't really matter what is planted, seeds or dead bodies. It could also be a reference to reincarnation. Regards, Kate -----Original Message----- From: cr mittal <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 9:32 am Subject: Re: The Stetson Passage in TWL That's breaking fresh ground -- in a wasteland -- for the sterile planting of a corpse in a garden. The metaphysical conceit here does hold its own even as the sperm does not ! No wonder, the sterility sprouts all through TWL. CR Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote: The word "planted" needs to be accounted for. One doesn't normally plant a corpse, least of all with the expectation of its sprouting. The more I think about the passage, the more I wonder if there isn't a metaphysical conceit here. If planted is taken as a sexual reference, the sperm being planted in a woman (garden), then to juxtapose the embryo with a corpse is a very stricking effect, and could be seen as reflecting the sterility that sprouts all through TWL. P. Sick sense of humor? Visit Yahoo! TV's Comedy with an Edge to see what's on, when. ________________________________________________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.