I use the comparison of the circle and the Mobius strip, as well as some of Madame Bovary's lessons in spatial-metaphoric realism and familiarity, to frame that apparent detachedness
. In using this comparison, I do not mean to suggest that literary criticism that uses the Mobius strip as a modeling metaphor is somehow itself obscure or less "meaningful" than literary criticism that does not use it.
Recurring themes characterize descriptions of MACH in the literature: pragmatism, cynicism, immoral attitudes; emotional detachedness
; long-term planning; agentic motives; malevolence, deceit, exploitation, manipulation.
Female private places (that is, back yards and natural environments) share a common aspect, which is their detachedness
from transparent built environment.