After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
This alludes the Gospels: Matt for sure parable of the bridegroom, as well as the silence in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus wept and his apostles slept until the mob was upon them. also when the 12 locked themselves away after the romans killed christ and had only a torch or a candle lit for a number of days in the room as they waited for a knock upon the door. But agony in stony places and silence in the garden are interesting. (reversed from normal Christian theology) Silence in the Hyacinth garden was a big issue in BOD: neither living nor dead and I knew nothing looking into the heart of light (heart of light is used by Dante in Paradiso to refer to the Divine, the big guy or to Mary and twice to Beatrice.) So silence which Eliot equates with destruction, purgation, the divine, and a point where something definitive happens—both the Infinite and apprehension and horror (see “Silence”) from IMH.
also see for Torchlight on faces hooded faces see Heart of Darkness, also from non-king james bibles see Macabees the agony in stony places and shouting and crying alludes Moses and the striking of the stone, also certainly cantos 3-6 of Purgatorio and 2-6 of Inferno could be referenced “prison and palace and reverberation” also Abraham & Isaac (shouting/crying and agony in stony places) palace and prison alludes Babylonian or/and Egyptian captivity and Moses' role as prince and slave. Also Torchlight red on sweaty faces are those which which sneer and snarl who are those hooded hoards swarming over the mountains distance…are Dantean specters, enemies of Arjuna, or and simply desacralized people of the world who exist without ritual, water, spring, or even sound of water…
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