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etiolation

[‚ed·ē·ə′lā·shən]
(botany)
The yellowing or whitening of green plant parts grown in darkness.
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In the second stanza, the 'white towel' recalls the clumsy, pseudo-medical implications of fragment XVII, which are echoed by the sickly sound of 'your / Etiolate body'.
"America is a sterile desert, where people from 'pretended nations' [i.e., the Indians] wander in the obscurity of forests, beset by marshes, clouds, fogs, and winds." Salt rain poisons everything, and the "fetid and marshy land engenders more poisonous trees than the rest of the known universe." America itself was a stunted universe where men etiolate and shrink, and contract syphilis from eating iguana.
When he reaches his favorite touchstone of memory--her "small white garden gate," so pure and virginal in the English gloaming--he, groping, stumbles and falls against what he perceives in the failing light to be that familiar etiolate portal to perfect bliss.