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During the War, yes. Not much after. But working in a pub is something women would likely have been able to sustain.
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>>> Peter Montgomery 09/15/11 9:24 PM >>> 
I suppose, during and after the "great war" it would be quite commonplace 
for women to be doing 
just about all the jobs around. 
P. 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carrol Cox" 
To: 
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 3:36 PM 
Subject: Re: 'The Waste Land' - a recitation (was Re: vis-a-vis 'Four 
Quartets') 


> On 9/9/2011 4:22 PM, David Boyd wrote: 
>> Have always seen the 'hurry up......' exhortations as 'voices off'' and 
>> so 
>> commonplace to an English pub session as not to be too relevant at all 
>> as 
>> to the gender or whatever of the person in charge of the bar - surely 
>> this 
>> matters not a jot ? 
>> 
>> Of course there is irony and ambiguity in this context in the words it's 
>> time', but 'Time Gentlemen Please !' and 'Can we please have yer glasses' 
>> are / were very very commonplace cries at the (enforced) hour of closing 
>> of 
>> UK bars and pubs, and Eliot's portrayal just at one level provides 
>> authenticity for the whole working class pub session scenario. 
> 
> Any non-frivolous discussion of the lines _begins_ with taking David's 
> point for granted. That's where interpretation begins, fitting the 
> bartender's words first into the conversation it interrupts, then into the 
> framework of that section of the poem, and (skipping a couple steps) into 
> the obsession with time that characterizes Eliot's poetic work. Trying to 
> take the words away from the bartender, or fussing about the speaker's 
> gender seems like a deliberate attempt to disrupt discussion. And when 
> such disruptions begin to characterize almost all list conversation, you 
> have the death of the list as a serious response to Eliot or even as 
> light entertainmenbt for those interested in the poems rather than the 
> sound of their own voices in an echo chamber. 
> 
> Carrol