Dear CR:
First of all, I'd like to know how any foetus could be responsible.
Secondly, TSE would not compare a ditch-digger to Priapus. Yes, I get the jibe. But Russell is not summarily dismissed; he is in fact treated quite well considering that he went off for a bit with Eliot's wife. A high-class lecher.
Think of the sordid atmosphere of Lil's section in TWL; a woman with missing teeth and too many children who aborted herself with something from the pharmacy, not even a doctor. The typist's squalid amours with her pimply indifferent lover. These are described as lower forms of life.
These characters are written in a different key from Priapus in the garden. It's a matter of the language used and the imagery.

Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:51:48 -0700
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Subject: Re: Waste Land Sex
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Photo of Bertrand Russell
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Bertrand Russell
"He laughed like an irresponsible foetus."
"What paradoxes! Man is a cunning creature of many devices." 
In "Mr. Apollinax", Eliot does not fail to take a jibe at the high-class Bertrand Russell's irresponsible sensuality. The poet is reminded of "Priapus in the shrubbery / Gaping at the lady in the swing."
Some ennobling light, that :)

--- On Tue, 8/25/09, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is nothing ennobling about the sexual misadventures of the high class "heirs of City Directors" -- their sexual exploitation of the Thames daughters is shown in a poor light.
In 'Dans le Restaurant", there is an admission by the high class narrator that his own (sexual) "experiences" are as reprehensible as the waiter's -- how shall the waiter pay back for experiences quite like his own, he asks.
And in 'Burbank', the 'gondola' fragment of the epigraph takes its full meaning in relation to Princess Volupine's pleasure boat landing beside the old palace where the foxy voluptuary entertains Sir Ferdinand Klein. The boatman smiles as one who shares in their secret. In the epigraph, the old dilapidated palace, emblematic of degenerate aristocracy, gets associated in the poet's mind with unabashed lust.
Diana Manister 08/23/09 9:50 AM >>>

My point is that he portrayed the upper class in an ennobling light, as if social status precluded casual sex or unattractiveness. 

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