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No. A laugh is capable of showing undeveloped (foetal) characteristics.
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Diana Manister 
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  Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 6:52 AM
  Subject: Re: On the Making of a Simile


  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.
    P".
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      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
      otherwise.

      Regards,

      CR


      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]>
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      Sent: Saturday, March 1, 2008 9:04:57 AM
      Subject: 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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