Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Wonder if he ever read Eliot's essay, "Marie Lloyd"?

In the essay Eliot says that the lower class had more vitality than
the middle and upper classes but it looks as though he didn't have
much hope of that continuing.  Here is the end of the London Letter
version of the essay:

   In a most interesting essay in the recent volume of Essays on the
   Depopulation of Melanesia the great psychologist W. H. R. Rivers
   adduces evidence which has led him to believe that the natives of that
   unfortunate archipelago are dying out principally for the reason that
   the "Civilization" forced upon them has deprived them of all interest
   in life. They are dying from pure boredom. When every theatre has been
   replaced by 100 cinemas, When every musical instrument has been
   replaced by 100 gramaphones, when every horse has been replaced by 100
   cheap motor cars, when electrical ingenuity has made it possible for
   every child to hear its bed-time stories through a wireless receiver
   attached to both ears, when applied science has done everything
   possible with the materials on this earth to make life as interesting
   as possible, it will not be surprising if the population of the entire
   civilized world rapidly follows the fate of the Melanesians. You will
   see that the death of Marie Lloyd has had a depressing effect, and
   that I am quite incapable of taking any interest in any literary
   events in England in the last two months, if any have taken place.

Taken from

   Rick Parker