Eliot could not have been unaware of the line's suggestion vis-a-vis his own marriage.
Eliot also clearly respected her intellect and skills at this point.Re: "protocol"--just read the text of the Facsimile. And biography, especially the new one by Crawford. There is no reason at all other than wild speculation to think that at this time he "winced."Nancy
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Nancy makes the vital points. It seems Vivien was (at least potentially) a pretty good poet!
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[p] They = Tom & Viv. I am interested in what sparked Viv's line about children. My original query got no response so I came at it a different way.
[COX] Perhaps she had literary reasons? Why does any writer compose any line?