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Tom Colket wrote:
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> Tom Gray wrote:
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> > There seems to be an assumption that the connotation intended for
>
> > carbuncular was that of having acne. Why could it not be the other
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> > connotation of being "diseased", "unhealthy", "dirty", ... ?
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> > It would seem to me to fit better.
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> In the facsimile edition of TWL (quoted below), "The Fire Sermon" has 
> additional lines about the young man carbuncular that were later 
> removed. One such line is "A youth of twentyone, spotted about the 
> face". So he has acne.
>
     You're using the lines selected against to establish what the lines 
ultimately selected mean. Why couldn't it be that the spotted about the 
face lines were excised in order to enrich the meaning of the lines kept?

Ken A