My point exactly. As McLuhan pointed out, being a trading people they needed a method of keeping track of their trades so they hammered out a crude workable alphabet which they took around the Mediterranean with them & educated their known world.
That connects Phlebas with the currant fellow, the mechanical typist, and her carbuncular young man with Bradford assurance, &c, &c. The profit and the loss. Also with the Dantean crowd flowing over London bridge down to the City where all the roads meet at THE ONE FIGURE absent from the poem, the royal stock exchange which connects with the whole of the Empire & so, the world.
BTW Eliz 1 opened the 1st exchange in early 1600s. Eliz 2 opened Exchange Tower in 1967.
Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Now this fugue postulate is corroborated by what the poet himself observed vis-a-vis the wasteland that was his first marriage: "To her the marriage brought no happiness to me it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land." It correlates "the man who suffers and the mind which creates."
TWL as ground, indeed, absolutely!
And yet I must compliment Peter Montgomery for this wonderful insight --
a state of fugue in which the 'unconscious' is free to cull up fragments
from its stock of memories and put them in an order that suits it best.
When the poet recovers from that state he makes what he can of
what the 'unconscious' has expressed.
No, it does not leave to the reader to make whatever he/she would make of it. There are enough signposts.
Of course, by 'madness' I meant whatever form it takes.
On Aug 19, 2013, at 9:43 PM, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote: