From which a golden
Alludes to Exodus 25: 8-35
I will dwell among them and make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.… make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.… The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them…. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.
Eliot alters the position of the Cherubim—i.e. Cupidon to reflect the voyeuristic curiosity of one heavenly creature and the shame, revulsion, or horror of the other. Rather than being positioned so as to always view the Tabernacle of Moses, they have the perfect vantage point to view the sexual antics enacted on Cleopatra’s bed or divan. And so one watches eagerly while the other has
hid his eyes
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