"He, the young man carbuncular, arrives,   
 A small house agent's clerk, with one bold stare,    
 One of the low on whom assurance sits   
 As a silk hat on a Bradford millionaire."
a masterly insight, Carrol -- a deflating irony, indeed,
it goes with the "Bradford millionaire" --

--- On Fri, 4/23/10, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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//.