Edith has deemed this one an *. Hmmm…
I asked no other thing,
No other was denied.
I offered Being for it;
The mighty merchant smiled.
Brazil? He twirled a button,
Without a glance my way:
“But, madam, is there nothing else
That we can show to-day?”
Edith: a cryptic asterisk, a light pencil underlining of “merchant” and “Mr Higginson” off to the side.
Me: Can I get a vowel, please? Really. Not much to go on here. This is a giant puzzle. I get the sense of wish fulfillment, as if Emily were looking for something and didn’t quite get what she wanted. Now, if Emily didn’t travel far from home Brazil would seem a mighty long way away. Is Brazil a metaphor of sorts for wanting the impossible, and is the merchant trying to convince her Brazil is out of her reach. By capitalizing “Being” I attach immediate importance, and naturally I think of God. Did Emily ask God for something specific, yet did not receive the answer she wanted, perhaps with some disappointment having received all else she had asked. Mr Higginson. I came across his name when initially researching about Emily and he becomes very important to her. I know he became a mentor and they corresponded over the years. Edith? Are you holding out on me? What do you know about Thomas Wentworth Higginson?
- The Emily Project: Poem IX (The Heart Asks Pleasure First) (veranano.wordpress.com)
- The Emily Project: Part One/Life – XI (Much Madness) (veranano.wordpress.com)
- The Emily Project: X (A Precious, Mouldering Pleasure) (veranano.wordpress.com)
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