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Under the Volcano, Lowry's next work, takes up and elaborates the theme of drink, combining the hell of Lunar Caustic with the meaningfulness that the sea brought to Ultramarine.
The round, the 'queer tune' of Ultramarine, which came into Lunar Caustic and Under the Volcano as the 'Frere Jacques' canon, has now assumed full significance.
Lowry's symbol of universality and eternity in Ultramarine was the sound and movement of the ship's engines carrying across the ocean; in Lunar Caustic the same symbolism is used to show that the protagonist is cut off from the transcendent world.