Nice verse from Daimond...
perhaps they were under the bamboo tree..
But anyway in my account, or 'as I recall
it took place', there is a warm pub,
and Reilly with his usual gin and not
a Dickensian 'Smoking Bishop' or something...
Which,as far as that goes, is what I was
(a smoking bishop that is) early after
ordination to the work, but gave it up
for prudential reasons...
Now speaking of Harcourt-Reilly, it is
maybe interesting how beside Williams
use of Shelly's 'The Magus Zoroaster,
my dead child,met his own image walking
in the garden..' in Descent into Hell.
We have Reilly citing it rather more
fully in explaining (at the end of
Cocktail Party) how he had forseen
Celia's death when he first met her.
The two uses of Shelly are distinct enough
to make possible a 'compare and contrast'
question for any literature teachers who
are fortunate enough to feel their students
could deal with it. Haven't quite worked
it out myself, and dont worry I wont in
this space :), uh unless urged on with
an ecclesiastical virtual sherry or two,
but not really the place for it I imagine,
so not sure i could myself but it might
have features of interest.