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Haines does not bother to say where you shop to find images like those in the lines he goes on to quote: `Rulers who neither see nor feel nor know, / But leechlike to their fainting country cling ...
I do not know what making out means these days, but thirty years ago it meant open-mouth clenching, prolonged and strenuous mashing and probing that left one with a sore jaw and a strained tongue and, as a bonus to the especially lucky, leechlike bruises on the neck, preferably below the collar line.
In the context of A Room, Cecil and Lucy are human versions of those two mirror-image "apparitions" of bad taste, "Cissie" and "Albert," with leechlike columns on their facades and their "titles" repeated in shaded Gothic.