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OverviewEdit

“Belladonna” means beautiful lady. The word suggests Madonna (the Virgin Mary) and, therefore, the Madonna of the Rocks as in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting. 

Connection to The Waste LandEdit

The rocks symbolize the church. But there are also other rocks – rocks of dryness of the waste land. Belladonna is also an eye-cosmetic and a poison – the deadly nightshade. In the next line, the figure of the Birgin becomes “thelady of the situations” – the woman in the waste land – foreshadowing the neurasthenic (the suffering from nervous exhaustion) lady in part 2: A Game of Chess.

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