By Gilbert Adair
London 1946. An actress is murdered, not only on digicam yet in complete view of a crowded movie set. in simple terms six humans had a chance to manage the poison but no longer certainly one of them had a achieveable reason. As Evadne Mount, bestselling crime novelist, discovers, besides the fact that, all six did have a purpose for committing one other, prior, nonetheless unsolved homicide but, on that celebration, now not one among them had the opportunity...
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Priest! traitor, confirmed in malfeasance. 269] There is a ritual dimension to Becket's murder (which was mimed iconographically in the original production): the Part One: Text 33 background of the Dies frae as the Priests drag him to the cathedral and of the Te Deum for the last chorus cannot help but give the play the air of a religious rite, an impression reinforced by the impassioned chorus which accompanies the killing. This sense is immeasurably increased when the Four Knights step out of the picture frame as it were to deliver their 'modern-dress' apologiae and in doing so accentuate the sacramental nature of what we have just witnessed.
If we are inclined to regard Becket's triumph over the first three Tempters as a matter for approval, we should also note that a certain sense of smugness marks each one. The note of self-congratulation is never far below the surface: Part One: Text 45 Shall I who ruled like an eagle over doves Now take the shape of a wolf among wolves? Pursue your treacheries as you have done before: No one shall say that I betrayed a king. (p. 252) The shock conveyed by the Fourth Tempter is that he sees into the heart of Becket as only an alter ego can: Becket's mental crisis arises from the exposure of his one particular weakness - spiritual pride, a quality which the historical evidence leads one to believe was quite marked in the man himself.
But Eliot did not abandon ritual from The Cocktail Party completely although the only occasion on which ceremonial is consciously invoked is in the 'libation scene' at the end of Act Two, when Reilly, Julia and Alex toast the Chamberlaynes and Celia as they 'build the hearth' and 'go upon a journey' respectively. Here the language is deliberately incantatory, although as we have seen curiously devoid of traditional Christian symbolism: Watch Watch Watch Watch over her in the desert. over her in the mountain.