A small house agent's clerk, with one bold stare
One of the low on whom assurance sits
As a silk hat on a Bradford millionaire.
This is a pimply kid who thinks he’s some new-money capitalist hero, who’d wear this sort of hat:
Bradford was a booming industrial town in the 19th century. The line possibly refers the upstart class of nouveau riche who made their fortunes there. In keeping with Eliot’s style, this may be yet another cryptically antisemitic line.
Also note the adjective “low,” here, as Tiresias later complains that he “walked among the lowest of the dead.”
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