In this section Eliot has a note to have us think of seeing spectors.
At the end of the section Eliot has a note to remind us of the importance of the changing tone of the bells.
Fourmillante cité, cité pleine de rêves,
Où le spectre en plein jour raccroche le passant.
(Swarming city, city full of dreams
Where the spector in full daylight accosts the passerby.)
68) With a dead sound on the final stroke of nine.
A phenomenon which I have often noticed.
In August 1912 Jean Verdenal, in Paris, wrote a short note (in French) to Eliot. In Verdenal's first paragraph he had a sentence describing his summer vacation but he went on to say how hard he must study for his examinations. In the second (and last) paragraph he wrote:
[ Letters p. 35 ]
And then this evening, on the stroke of ten (all the bells are ringing and, almost at the same time, comes a tinkling of fairy distant chimes, soon blotted out by the measured pealing of a deeper bell, do you remember?) suddenly I think of you as ten o'clock is striking. And your image is there in front of me, and I am writing you this little note.