Henry James's short story "The Figure in the Carpet" is a magician's sleight of hand, a story which conjures a vision of some "buried treasure" hidden within the text. Then, with a snap of the fingers and a puff of smoke, the promised treasure vanishes into thin air. The reader is left to wonder, “Does such a treasure exist, or is it all an illusion?" It is the teller of the tale who provides the clues to the answer.
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"Of Magicians, Knights, and the Holy Grail: An Archetypal Reading of "The Figure in the Carpet","
Draftings In: Vol. 2:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol2/iss1/4