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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.

What is the effect of the phrase "which would have been removed with tongs half a dozen years ago…" in line 54?

A

It shows that what is acceptable in theatre now would have been viewed with distaste and discomfort not so long ago.

B

It hints at how unpopular vaudeville will become in the future.

C

It shows how much traditional theatregoers hate vaudeville theatre.

D

It emphasizes how much influence vaudeville had over the type of Broadway theatre we are familiar with today.