i think he's posing the question: does this often absurd comedy of death and bodily disintegration have some meaning, ordained for us (haute couture), or is it just a banal accident of biology and a sad farce?
whichever it may be, smudge is a model of how to bear it with dignity and grace, and not react like a desperate animal. even if, at bottom, that's what we really are.
that's my interpretation, anyway.
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