Exploring The Waste Land
A commentary page linked from The Waste Land, Part II, line 172

Part III
Line 172

The line

172)  Good night, ladies, good night, sweet ladies, good night, good night.

is an allusion to Ophelia's farewell in Hamlet, act IV, scene v.

This has meaning to The Waste Land as Ophelia died by drowning while holding flowers and, as we have seen, the flower holding hyacinth girl and the drowned Phoenician Sailor are one.

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T 52 - Hamlet

Exploring The Waste Land
File name: cq172.html
File date: Sunday, September 29, 2002
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