This is what has taken place!
Let's not get distracted by the background.
Normally the two are kept side by side among all the other objects that vie for space on the windowsill ...
I'd not been particularly aware of the word (or used it) before it landed in the sentence above ... yet it must be part of my mental vocabulary.
The dictionary says it means, "to strive for victory or superiority ..." and its origin is Latin 'invitare' from which we get "invite". Interesting connections ... in Old French the word was "envier" with the sense of "contend".
Meanwhile ... autumn has arrived ... dull and damp with mist hanging low over the hills ... even Eliot has lost his enthusiasm for staying out in the garden any longer than is necessary.
"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness ... " indeed!