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The dominant association to 'carbuncular' is to a bump of some kind, a  
cabochon-like convexity, not to scruffiness, don't you agree?

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On Apr 25, 2010, at 8:33 AM, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>  
wrote:

> The a Homes story called The Blue Carbuncle.
> Eliot loved Holmes allusions.
>
> Cheers,
> Peter
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> From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 1:52 PM
> Subject: Re: Narcissus's complexion
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>> Carbuncle  (gemstone) - Wikipedia:
>> A carbuncle is an archaic name given to any red cabochon cut  
>> gemstone.
>> The name applied particularly to red garnet.
>>
>> This radical an ambiguity (acne or royal color) is unusual in poetry,
>> but Eliot may have intended it here.
>>
>> Carroo
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