Exploring The Waste Land
A note page linked from The Waste Land, Part V, line 360

Eliot's note for line 360

The following lines were stimulated by the account of one of the Antarctic expeditions (I forget which, but I think one of Shackleton's): it was related that the party of explorers, at the extremity of their strength, had the constant delusion that there was one more member than could actually be counted.

Commentator's note

B. C. Southam has traced the account to chapter 10 of Sir Ernest Shackleton's book South (1919).

See also the account of meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24, starting with verse 13.

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T 49 - Gospel According to Luke
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