The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
by Ezra Pound
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead (1)
Let's assume that this haircut is typical of children in this culture. It's not very stylish, but functional. The haircut also suggests that these children haven't yet reached puberty and fallen into the strict separations between feminine and masculine, so their attraction is innocent puppy love.
Two small people, without dislike or suspicion. (6)
Notice how the boy and girl remain neutral in many ways, and are only called "people" rather than "children" or "boy and girl." This emphasizes the purity of their childhood love before adult concerns, like money and loyalty, may have entered the picture.