Yes, but although most bartenders would no doubt have been men, not all. I'm not sure what the point is about "authoritative"

It is a good script, but Valerie's note says it is "recounted" by Kellond. Like many lines, it seems to have been dropped in as part of composing. Another example is the lines by Marie Larisch, which Valerie calls "verbatim."

>>> Mikemail 09/10/11 1:03 PM >>>
He did however put them in the setting of a pub with an authoritative voice for the final lines. Good script writing.
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One might also note that Eliot first heard these lines recounted to him by the Eliot's maid, Ellen Kellond (see facsimile notes by Valerie), so his own first sounds were a woman's voice. He called the passage "pure Ellen Kellond."

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