And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?"
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair—
[They will say: "How his hair is growing thin!"]
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
[They will say: "But how his arms and legs are thin!"]
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
Prufrock seems to have a debatable question of importance on his mind, most likely directed to his love. He contemplates his execution of his actions then concludes to descend away from such opportunity. Again we see a sense of procrastination evident within Prufrock. Despite the importance of the question he is still unable to make a decision. His contemplation also compliments to the imagery of the poem. We can see how the recurring indecisiveness effects Prufrock within this stanza. The reference to his "bald spot" and "thin arms and legs" may be representing his late age. Perhaps Prufrock does not have that much time after all. It also reveals how he is vulnerable to "their" opinions. It may suggest possible self esteem issues. His appearance is only praised through his fashion. It seems as if he is contemplating whether to even disturb the universe with his question. Prufrock displays a lot of pretentiousness and little action. He gives off the impression that he is in fact cowardly at heart. He believes that when he builds up his confidence it will quickly be submerged by his burden of indecisiveness.