T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred
Prufrock": "In the room, the ladies come and go, talking of Michaelangelos."
Polly, not belonging to the artsy group,
"people talking and laughing, ligh a ping pong game."
the mermaid's song--
Individual and Social Institutions:
natural, beautiful, not heard by Prufrock
in between two worlds
Polly: organizationally impaired; incompetent
typing, eating manners, feminine pose, party
and presenting her gift;
expressions -- admire the curator and her
Polly's photography: a bricoleur
Polly's fantasies -- make up for her incompetence
and express her desire
Artistic Creation and Relativism:
Her dress and earrings, language ('whimsical
sociological references,' 'half life, half lived,' 'trite made flesh'),
style, her negotiating skills
Her inner discontent; her work was once rejected
by 'an adult class'
Her secret love
Experience of being rejected shared by both
Gabrielle and Polly (both regarded as simplistic)
G's standard: "trite made flesh"
the photos on G's wall vs. Polly's
Polly's speech on Freud; Mary's speech to
Polly; Polly's defense of G
The differences between film camera and
video camera, and the ending
Polly's speech on Freud's polymorphous perversity;
the name of Mary Joseph