I'm reading T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land (which you can read for free online) and one particular line stuck out at me:
Well, that Sunday Albert was home, they had a hot gammon,
And they asked me in to dinner, to get the beauty of it hot—
I have two questions. Is there any symbolism associated with the food "hot gammon"? And what's up with the phrase "to get the beauty of it hot"? Since the passage this quote comes from discusses adultery, is it possible that the phrase "get the beauty of it hot" is referring to something other than the hot gammon?