Peter, so you are saying "a foetal characteristic" is capable of laughing?
Peter wrote:

"And perhaps there was a foetal characteristic (ie undeveloped)in the mindset involved.
It;s meant to be a put-down of some intensity.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Chokh Raj 
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Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: On the Making of a Simile

Diana, the observations you've made so far are quite apropos.
Nevertheless, I hope, your initial objection to an irresponsible foetus is over. 
As for the image of a foetus laughing, one will have to concede that it is plain 
absurd, even if quite fanciful -- but not quite as reprehensible.
Presumably, the poet might have been struck by a foetal look on the face of 
Mr Apollinax (BR) laughing irresponsibly ;-)   The image has no literal validity
----- Original Message ----From: Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]>To: [log in to unmask]: Saturday, March 1, 2008 9:04:57 AMSubject: Re: On the Making of a Simile

//Peter, yes babies in bottles were around in Eliot's day, but I doubt very much if any of them would be laughing, irresponsibly or not.// Diana

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