Exploring The Waste Land
A note page linked from The Waste Land, Part II, line 118

Eliot's note for line 118

Cf. Webster: 'Is the wind in that door still?'

Commentator's note

Eliot means compare: Part II, line 118

118)   The wind under the door.

to a line in John Webster's play The Devil's Law Case, Act III, scene ii.

In the play one surgeon remarks to another "Is the wind in that door still?" when he hears a groan from a man supposedly killed. See a more complete quotation at the allusion page.

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T 134 - Webster, John
T 62 - Jacobean tragedy


L 263 - The Devil's Law-Case - A synopsis
Scene by scene synopsis of the play by John Webster. At the Kit Marlowe, P.I. website.

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