Unfortunately, no one has arrived to take these souls across. They are stranded. There's nothing left to say about their dire situation, so they "avoid speech. But the Hollow Men can't even get to Hell. Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men. The Hollow Men are "sightless," like a bunch of underground worms, but if the "eyes" return their vision could be restored.
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Their only hope is if the heavenly eyes come back as a star. This star would be "perpetual" or eternal, unlike the "fading" or "dying" stars in the desert. By now you've probably noticed that Eliot is throwing around symbols like candy at a Fourth of July parade. A "multifoliate" rose has many petals. Here again Eliot is referring to — guess who? In Dante's Paradiso , the final vision of paradise is of a flower made up of saints, angels, and other examples of goodness and virtue.
The community of Heaven is like a rose with petals made of people. Dante also compares Mary, the mother of Jesus, to a rose. Ambulance Driver. Some Kind of Tragedy.
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