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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men


by T.S. Eliot

The Hollow Men Passivity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #4

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.

Quote #5

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.

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