Eliot lists this as one of the three themes in the "first part of Part V." Does anyone know of any writings by Eliot which specify this -- or can we take "decay" as a euphemism for the Russian Revolution? It is interesting (assuming the Revolution is meant) how he is able to have one narrative apply to both that revolution and the arrest and trial of Christ: Prison and palace and reverberations. Carrol P.S. There were those who opposed the slaughter of WWI: Debsian Socialists, the IWW, & William Jennings Bryan in the U.S.; Irish revolutionaries; Bertrand Russell; Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht; Lenin & the Bolsheviks. The real heroes of that war. Bryan should be remembered for that act rather than for the farce of the Scopes trial.