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The Vaudeville Theatre - Edwin Royle, 1899
The following passage was written by a performer and an art commentator and was published in 1899.

Royle, Edwin. "The Vaudeville Theatre." Scribner's Magazine Oct. 1899: 485-95. Rpt. in No. 4 ed. Vol. 26. New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1899. HathiTrust Digital Library. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

In line 13, what does the "balloon" refer to?

A

American theatre

B

The hopes of Vaudeville producers

C

The theatrical audience

D

Vaudeville