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Till",!C1iIGAN T)AILY

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L E IS Depicts America~n Political
Scene In Racy Satire . .

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! IT CAN'T Ht I'T',--- a ,

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, the course cf the play in one form!
by T. S. Eliot, Harcourt, Brace, & Co., or another.
$1.25. It is tre that there are times

~y Cr~ ~ Lew~is. Doibladay
By JOE EE E DAVIS
{C:; 'it ( fho m-i I)cpartineut)
boar...inii ,_ l he cuffrer:cc 1; ea
h:ll 'a;4i>?and the Liberal ve sn, ;
t,~ iEtll~ ct' rw ans.

u z ;.zzc.. 4ta .,A.LVJUO.zae,) I
T'lIO Mrxjst IThuks 111'ii(O,,is orf«a
!Thomas domina ;es;the a.{t u ibaa1yo itcyta otaP
with a sure hand. The chorus too is oh fhsoyta aiuae ihasr adnt a i 'llosrabtene°
n ocientieatind ointieanlcao<1
only serving an integral part in the nomticenive an 4poitiasn
action but also complementing it by utrlpeomn.T i,1
comment. Likewise, Eliot has with ea l nt) C'),b le wi.,th . e woldeis
heeoinieY-:cCaiasmunderstanding and sympathy pre- LeconessmefCitlmi-
setdthe parts of the Tempters in .Iiiid " Ounlite agonyof hin ho-
the first scene. In the last scene, "uion' hd" e maitais, isothe sek
however, the character of the four uiascis," hetindass the sulidal
Knights is open to question, I be- 'o 7 sdfnda h ucia
liee. ereElit hs file toseepolitical expedient to wthich Capital-
thoe.rsieoHere etioasnaldTom- se mresorts in a last hysterical, post-"
th'sitrid ooeobesion,t andyThorn-democratic effort at self-preservation.j
as'sg vito ryis tooe.obviustoeagsaRevolutionary activity to hasten the,
thllinto rn re.ieetering oiening of Communism, the economic
wel ito hepart of the Tempters,
Eliot accepts too readily the defeat system which must by the Marxist'
of the Knights, and funks their char- logic of history eventually succeed
aetr i dong o, ailng husto ndCapitalism. offers, he feels, the only
his play with perfect aplomb, effcie of sitio aaistth1mn
And I think our final opinion of the gace of Facimandciheneedtheditonly
attitude expressed by the play will hoeo -n iiie rdtos
parallel our criticism of the Knights,. 'The Liberal, on the other hand.:
for in both cases Eliot's answer is tihinks in terms of a philosophy el" his- .
too simple. It may be that the solu- tcry that postulates the emei Bence1
tion of a religious problem is the work of political and cultural phaenomnena
of generations, but to say, as is im- by the less materialistic process oft
plied in this play, that all our social psychological, ideological, and insti-
problems begin and end in the re- tuMtional evolution. To him, the main{
li'goius problem is rather too easy a trouble with the world is that the po-
jump to a conclusion. , itical system of Democracy, with its
- ___-- .-- . ideals of :freedom and individualism,
its cultural heritage of the humane
and critical spirit- the hard-wonl
oictoriec of cen turies of struggle - is
9 Lnin ''catcsuaed by a revival of neo-f
in~lieldoespotism and barbarism.
E RSi rf of this con tention he pointsI:
othe lino of Fascism in Italy and
1_' a many and of Communismn in Rus-I
C. ;i. Whal ever may be the economi
ff~e ences between these system'c: I
oners, Engravers Engineering hey hive a fundamn tal similaiy
aents, Student Books and he believes, in their political methods,
All Kinds and cultural results. The only hope1
for civilization, he feels, lies in Tare- 1
FAT E STREET venting Democracy from spawning!1
f;ascisnij and at the same time in re-31
sisting the ambiguous blandishments 1
See ! of Communism.
r111 SeeSo organic is the historical processc
>ha.t the inability of Marxists and{
f '_;Liberals to a ,i cc(let alone the in-1
ability of each to agree among them-!
res T ilesseclves) adds considerably to the world;
rrthey are endeavoring to diag-t
, nase. in its effort t self-preserva- 1
S~~ l t r ston, Capitalism resorts to Liberalism.
a- well as to Fascism. And Liberals
.aue placed in the rather embarrassinga
" r ,position of bein mi-taken for Fascists It.
' N ~~by Conmmunists and for Communists c
by Capitalists,
2,50 Endcavoring in if Can't Hai> p In
3.0 le- od o oiis, a_2.50 he has done for other aspe cts of the t
2.50 ,antemporary American scene, Lewis
FOREVER...... 2.50 lea 'he acuteness to direct his satire!1
THE OOTHLLS .00 against Fascismi, as the more immne-1
d> KO manifestation of world chaos inu Il
BRONES .50 lha ni'ed States. Avoiding here, ass
2.75 cwhere, the Marxist point of view2
S2.50 as a ftundamnental satirical perspective,
ADS....... 3.00 h cham-zpions Liberalism and all that
it mplesAlthough indulging in of -
Yaura inconsistent lip-set vice to
.x h.niin he su:-bjects it to : uffi-'
;.75 saiten inoi satire11to maike (lear that 1

w011d hay- 1-ndered hWn h1vue. i
x The? -'ly ccntral story ,in the novel,
however is not that ofBa ndhi.
~ gni~i7 :~Corp LStte, but that of Dairema's
~ Icsupand the group of car acters
- 4c;. dit y related to himn. Thzis s1 ory
;Vrvcs to intens-ify the satiire on Fas-
ci. mt and to define Lewis' Liberal
c cic do A Vermont small-town editor,
.~ .~ .Ai his sixties, with a tonic skepticism,
-wxhimsical humaniaty, and a stub-
Sborn faith in Democracy, Doremus is
t-5 5' itred out of his passive, detached,
ciical submission to the Cor-po State
. ~ by the terrorism and shennitgans ofa
its Chief, its yes-men, and its gang-
ft seers. His editorial protest results in
.his arrest and discipline, the firing-
squad murder of his son-in-law, and
' p zersistent persecution of him and his
.__ . family by their ex-hired man, who has
-Courte',y Ann Arbor Dadly Ne -'. become an M.M. official. Unable to
SINU,AII i LEIS cscape to Canada, Dor emus carries onl
-- - - - ---, an underground propaganda cam-
he regat ds it as anothzer r-epressive! paign for Democracy that is direc ted
jProiit Ial menace to the freedom that hem Canada by the Republican ex-
7 osl nyude-Dmcay h candidate for president. Arrested for
sped tacle of the author of Main Str Ft this subversive activity, he is court-
andBbbt defending conformity to maitialed and brutally maltreated at:
thfie tradi~ nal American political the headquarters of the Corpo Dis-
status qu,,o should not surprise anyone Itr'ict Commissioner on the Dartmouth.
who has followed the intellectual de- j campun s, an d is thenhr relegated ta
velopment of many of the major pro- cnetaincmwe- ewt
phets of the Nineteen Twenties since nest05s1and undergoes incredible suf-
the beginning of the Nineteen This-I fer ing and degradation. Escaping as1
ties.I a result of the efforts of his mistress,
I erinda Pike, and his daughter. Sissy,
IOne main aspect of the indictment'~fest aaa ofiswt h
of Fascism in this novel is the story Republicani ex-candidlate for presi-
of the dictatorship of Berzelius Win- dent, and retur-ns to the Ujnited Stares

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st.yle, satire that is often powerful
and ingenious and wide-,glancing,
timely zeal in behalf of the values
of civilization, the attempt to lend
vitality to such authentic; American
types as the hillbilly demagogue and
the small-town liberal in a relation-
ship of significant contrast, and minor
characters such as Lo.tn da Pike and
Sissy who ar-e unforgettably alive. Al
the same time, crude caricature and
Hollywood melodrama and the super-
ficialities of alarmist thinking are
present, and Detract deplorably from
th e effect of the whole.

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drip ("Buzz" to his fr-iends and "Buz-
zard" to his foes). This yokel dema-
gogue,,"whose only, rival as the most
bouncing and feverish man in the
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incognito to agitate for the restoration
of Democracy, convinced -"that the
weorld struggle today was not of Coin-
munism against Fascism. but, of tol -
erance against the bigotry that, wa s
preached equally by ConumuniSun ;n
Fascism."
It Can't Happen Here ha"sinavi t e
recommend it --a brilliant raciness of

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