There is a great amount of poetry in unconscious
Fastidiousness. Certain Ming
Products, imperial floor coverings of coach
Wheel yellow . . . .
“Critics and Connoisseurs, ” Others 3:I (July 1916), ll. 1-4.
These opening lines concerning connoisseurs’ possessions that “are well enough in their way” set up Moore’s contrast with critics, portrayed as a self-defending swan and a frustrated ant. We may never know where Moore saw Ming rugs or yellow coach wheels but we can enjoy images that are probably similar to something she encountered.