| Quote #4
Between the desire
The Hollow Men suffer from moral paralysis – the inability to act or follow through on any of their natural feelings and capabilities. Have you ever experienced this problem in some area of your life?
| Quote #5
This is the way the world ends
Because the Hollow Men can never act, except on behalf of their own narrow interests, their lives just fizzle out into a meaningless moan of unhappiness. You could think of the whole poem as their "whimper" of complaint.