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In his essay The Curtain, Milan Kundera evokes the revelatory act of “pulling away the curtain” when describing how the novel shows us the truths of life in all its mundane detail. A more memorable—and literal—example of the idiom occurs in the film The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy’s dog, Toto, drags aside an emerald curtain to show that the wizard is just a man operating a machine. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, ” the wizard

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