In which set of lines in this excerpt from T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" does the speaker compare himself t
o an insect? Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
[And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent]
The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
[Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,]
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep
And I have known the eyes already, known them all—
The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
[And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,]
Then how should I begin
To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?
And how should I presume?
[And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain], among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: "That is not what I meant at all;
That is not it, at all."
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
(lines with [***] around them are selectable answers)
The correct answer would be: "And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,".
In these lines, the speaker implies that he is so small that he could be sprawling on a pin or be pinned and wriggling on the wall, these being things that an insect can do, or that could be done to an insect because of its small size.
Both are outwardly beautiful, but of less value internally.
In the beginning of the story “The Necklace”, Mathilde was a high maintenance woman who aspires only jewelry and material things. Mathilde’s outside appearance is beautiful like the necklace she borrowed. Her inner value, however, was ugly for she was a bitter woman and jealous of others who have grand houses with servants, nice things and a life of comfort and ease.