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Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

by Wallace Stevens

Repression Quotes

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Quote #4

With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures. (8-9)

It's no coincidence that Stevens has chosen two French items (lace is said to have been invented on the border between France and Belgium). The French always seem exotic and exciting when it comes to fashion and accessories, don't they? Why not add a beret to this get-up?

Quote #5

To dream of baboons and periwinkles. (11)

These are not the dreams of a repressed person. No siree. If you're dreaming of baboons, Freud would say you're good to go.

Quote #6

Drunk and asleep in his boots, (13)

The old sailor is so not repressed. Not one bit. Though it's not the best alternative to repression, he's cool with getting drunk and passing out in his clothes and shoes. Classy? No. But it leads to good dreams.

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