The Question and Answer section for The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
At the start, the women Prufrock sees on the street are discussing the artisit, Michelangelo.
"there will be a time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." Imagine yourself having a conversation with someone close to you, such as your best friend. You both are smiling, laughing, and generally have a good front. Now imagine...
Prufock was from a lower class. He always felt inferior, even when he was adjusting to upper class life. He could not reconcile upper class attitudes with his own value system.