Who is Lady of Situations? How does Eliot portray her and her lover?
The fashionable lady is the Lady of Situations. Through her Eliot portrays the meanness and sterility of the life of human being in high society in the waste land.
The lady is very expert in sex intrigues. She is waiting for her lover who arrives after sometime. She would like the lover to stay with her and speak to her for sometime. But the lover has nothing to speak about. She asks her lover what is in his mind and what he is thinking about because he speaks nothing to her.
He remains silent. Their conversation is meaningless and is a measure of the mental vacuity of the waste landers. They are all hollow. They are victims of boredom and ennui, so they cannot even keep up small conversation. Then the lover replies to his beloved that human beings are like rats in their holes. They keep running round and this only disturbing the dead bones lying about.
The lady asks her lover about the noise which she hears. The lover replies that it is the sound of the wind passing through the door. The lady asks him about the noise and what the wind is doing. He replies that the noise is nothing and the wind is doing nothing. The emptiness in the life of the modern waste landers is emphasized.