A poor record for a seer with a wicked pack of cards,
and cold. Save our souls indeed!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Diana Manister 
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  Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 7:18 AM
  Subject: Re: Rewrite The Waste Land - Part IV

  Nonetheless, Sosostris is right in at least one of her readings! Diana

  Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:   

      Has anyone ever noticed that not only did/does Madame Sosostris 
      not find The Hanged Man, neither does she find the fool.
    And her remark, "Fear death by water" exposes the ignorance of
    this "wisest woman in Europe" about the spiritual significance of
    such a death brought out in Part IV of the poem.

    To me, Madame Sosostris is a deliberate representation of the secular
    tendency in contemporary life which Eliot was to say (in 'Religion and 
    Literature' ) is wholly ignorant of "our most fundamental and important
    beliefs", and which is "simply unaware of, simply cannot understand 
    the meaning of, the primacy of the supernatural over the natural life: 
    of something which I assume to be our primary concern".


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