Elusiveness, the house-of-mirrors illusion of the figure in the carpet, works on all levels and on all readers. But like any illusion in the house-of-mirrors, the only clearly defined image is the one right in front of us. Oddly enough, that image is a particular reflection of ourselves. We must concentrate on that image to find what the reading means for us before trying to define the variant distortions, the readings of others.
© 1987 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
McKinlay, Michael J.
"The Text as Elusion, or Was I Reading Henry James's "The Figure in the Carpet"?,"
Draftings In: Vol. 2:
1, Article 9.
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