Flung their smoke ...

Laquearia. V. Aeneid, I, 726:
dependent lychni laqueribus auries
incensi, et noctem flammis funalia vincunt [Eliot's note]
Eliot refers to lines from a passage which describe how Dido entertains her royal guests (Aeneas and train). Eliot makes good use of the similarities between Shakespeare's play and Virgil's epic by mixing elements of descriptions from both in this opening paragraph of "A Game of Chess" (see detailed discussion below).

reference topics

A Game of Chess
Aeneid I, 7xx-7xx
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