The Hollow Men
The Hollow Men Passivity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Let me be no nearer In death's dream kingdom Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves In a field Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer— (lines 29-36)
Calm down, guys. Trust us – the people from Heaven aren't going to come any "nearer" to you. These lines are just another example of the Hollow Men are like a bunch of poor, wounded puppies.
Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow (lines 72-76)
The Shadow is the cause of passivity of the Hollow Men. An "idea" may come into their heads, but they cannot turn it into a "reality" once the Shadow falls. We think of the Shadow as a dark curtain or veil.