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" That is certainly the sane view; but the queer thing about society is that the people who regard it as an end are those who are in it, and not the critics on the fence. It's just the other way with most shows—the audience may be under the illusion,... "
Literature and Insurgency: Ten Studies in Racial Evolution: Mark Twain ... - Page 367
de John Curtis Underwood - 1914 - 480 pages
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Scribner's Magazine ..., Volume 37

1905 - 968 pages
...the user ? " " That is certainly the sane view; but the queer thing about society is that the peor>le who regard it as an end are those who are in it, and...under the illusion, but the actors know that real lite is on the other side of the footlights. The people who take society as an escape from work are...
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The House of Mirth

Edith Wharton - 1905 - 786 pages
...stupidly or intelligently, according to the capacity of the user?" "That is certainly the sane view; but the queer thing about society is that the people who...those who are in it, and not the critics on the fence. It '» just the other way with most shows — the audience may be under the illusion, but the actors...
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Displaying Women: Spectacles of Leisure in Edith Wharton's New York

Maureen E. Montgomery - 1998 - 238 pages
...sight of the purpose of society. As Lawrence Selden says to Lily. The queer thing about society is diat the people who regard it as an end are those who are in it, and not the critics on the fence. lt's just the other way with most shows — the audience may be under the illusion, but the actors...
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Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth: A Casebook

Carol J. Singley - 2003 - 346 pages
...his own commitment to all the half-truths and illusions that lend plausibility to the standard plot: "[T]he queer thing about society is that the people...real life is on the other side of the footlights" (111). What he fails to realize (and what Lily fully understands) is that even as they speak, she is...
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The House of Mirth

Edith Wharton - 2007 - 466 pages
...selfdeception of the social performers. It reverses the usual situation. "With most shows," he tells Lily, "the audience may be under the illusion, but the actors...life is on the other side of the footlights." The guests at Bellomont, on the contrary, go through their playacting convinced that thev are engaged in...
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