[lit-ideas] Re: When Lil's Husband Got Demobbed

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> From: Robert Paul <robert.paul@xxxxxxxx>
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> Date: 1/31/2006 8:37:19 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] When Lil's Husband Got Demobbed
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> [To Mike Geary, il miglior fabbro]
>
> When Lil's husband got demobbed, me said?     
> Me didn't mince me words, me said to she meself,      
> HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME     
> Now Albert's coming back, make yourself a bit smart.  
> Him?ll want to know what you done with that money him gave you        
> To get yourself some teeth. Him did, me was there.    
> You have them all out, Lil, and get a nice set,       
> Him said, me swear, me can't bear to look at you.     
> And no more can't me, me said, and think of poor Albert,      
> Him?s been in the army four years, him wants a good time,     
> And if you don't give it he, there's others will, me said.    
> Oh is there, her said. Something o' that, me said.    
> Then me?ll know who to thank, her said, and give I a straight look.   
> HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME     
> If you don't like it you can get on with it, me said. 
> Others can pick and choose if you can't.      
> But if Albert makes off, it won't be for lack of telling.     
> You ought to be ashamed, me said, to look so antique. 
> (And she only thirty-one.)    
> Me can't help it, her said, pulling a long face,      
> It's them pills me took, to bring it off, her said.   
> (Her?s had five already, and nearly died of young George.)    
> The chemist said it would be alright, but me?ve never been the same.  
> You are a proper fool, me said.       
> Well, if Albert won't leave you alone, there it is, me said,   
> What you get married for if you don't want children?  
> HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME      165
> Well, that Sunday Albert was home, they had a hot gammon,     
> And they asked I in to dinner, to get the beauty of it hot?   
> HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME     
> HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME     
> Goonight Bill. Goonight Lou. Goonight May. Goonight.  
> Ta ta. Goonight. Goonight.    
> Good night, ladies, good night, sweet ladies, good night, good night. 
>


I like Prufrock better but I like anything Eliot (even Eliot himself, with
all his low lifey foibles).  Why does he say Hurry up please it's time, I
wonder, capital letters, repeated several times?   I'm tempted to think
he's playing around, in a sophisticated setting (the poem, not the pub). 
Any ideas?




> Robert Paul
> Writer in Transition
> Mutton College
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