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The fourth wall is a performance convention in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience. While the audience can see through this "wall", the convention assumes, the actors act as if they cannot. - wikipedia:Fourth wall

Instances in which the fourth wall is breached in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series:

  • All this happened much faster than I can tell it (SA3)
  • (describing the leading lights) ...like the stop called a colon, which I am just going to make : there, like that.(SA12)
  • When Dick wonders if the crack they are looking (of gosson or decomposed ore) at is part of the same crack going up the hill Dick, in that moment, had come very near the truth, but none of them knew it. (PP18)
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