Spring 1940 • Vol. II No. 2 Book Reviews |

It Is Later than He Thinks

THE IDEA OF A CHRISTIAN SOCIETY. By T. S. Eliot. Harcourt Brace. $1.50OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS. By T. S. Eliot. Harcourt Brace. $1.25 Old Possum had other things than cats on his mind when he batted out his practical rhymes, and Mr. Eliot, too, had some of Old Possum drowsing within him when he constructed his idea of a Christian society. Who can say which is which, and how much both at one time and also at another time, and whether asleep or waking, and can say it in time —he will know the riddle that cats and society make when put together, and will know that to know the riddle is Letter than to pretend to know the answer. It is the business of possums to sleep, to preterm! dead, to cry aloud as it were by critical silence, as the very proof of vitality: Non Possummus! The Old Possum is the old Adam in deliberate disguise: worn to hide the defeat within which he huddles. Well, all of us are defeated almost to the degree that we try, and there is every reason t

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