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Lines 124-126:

I remember
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
“Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?”

Eliot's Note:

126. Cf. Part I, 37, 48.

Referenced Lines:

Lines 37-41:
—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
Lines 46-48:
With a wicked pack of cards. Here, said she,
Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor,
(Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!)

Context:

Line 125 is from The Tempest and an echo of an earlier line. See the note from line 48 for context.