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The wizard Merlin, you may recall, would immure himself for decades within a spider's web, or be last seen in the company of nubile witches, before emerging to utter his standard wisdom: "It is not as they have told you.
Sander, Lucianne Aquino, and Alan Panovich immure themselves in a Plexiglas cylinder, the sound of their hot, bare feet suctioning against the plastic walls as strained, backbent bodies inch up on all fours and finally vault over.
He charged Guizot's government with being "incurably pacific" and preferring to "retire [the people] from the contemplation of the general interest [and] to immure them in the contemplation of particular [material, individual] interests," (21) Guizot took precisely the opposite stand, contrasting "two opposing currents[,] one deep and regular, which carries us towards the definitive goal of our social state; the other superficial and disturbed, which throws us here and there in search of new [foreign] adventures and unknown lands.
The Packet claimed that Woodlock would immure the poor in convent-like institutions.
What turn him on are not their aesthetic qualities as unique configurations of language and form, but the tales they have to tell about the extraneous circumstances of their emergence, the pretexts they provide to expatiate on aspects of cultural and political history that immure them in an alien world.
What Mendonca demonstrates so potently is the psychic toll exacted by the elite's refusal to directly address Brazil's pervasive class imbalances, as the affluent immure themselves in well-appointed spaces tricked out with surveillance cameras.
In And Things That Go Bump in the Night, McNally's first commercially produced play, Ruby attempts to immure herself and her children from the predations of some unseen yet terrifying "Dread" by installing the family in a bunker where, the text implies, their fear is so powerful that it eventually destroys them.
Moreover, she notes, a "routine display of the slave's ravaged body" has undesirable consequences: "[r]ather than inciting indignation, too often [such scenes] immure us to pain by virtue of their familiarity--the of-trepeated or restored character of these accounts and our distance from them are signaled by the theatrical language usually resorted to in describing these instances" (p.