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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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> >  Even in "Ash
> >Wednesday" the narrator (it has one) keeps talking about wanting to find
> >peace and stillness and keeps looking back with desire and nostalgia.  I
> >think it interesting that Eliot was never really happy until he married
> >Valerie; it would seem that only sensual experience ever did provide his
> >garden.
>
>    Leaving aside whether Eliot was never really happy, this assumes that
> marriage is first or primarily physical, or more simply, that another
> person's major impact is physical, but I see no reason that it should not
> be spiritual (of which I take the psychological to be a somewhat watered
> down subspecies). The sensual without the spiritual still seems to sum out
> to zero, or less than.
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Perhaps he had the sensual without the conscousness of it.
He had the experience but missed the awareness of it (ala 4Q).

P.