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what is "the rule of twentieth-century concurrent experience"?

The most isolated was Mrs. Paul Mellon, a gentle patrician who watched over the executive mansion's Rose Garden at the President's request. Bunny Mellon was in the British West Indies. She had gone down to confer with the architect of a new estate she was building. Conditions were primitive, communications were by runner. There were no telephones on the island, and no telegraph. American radio stations were out of range. A rising storm was about to ground the nearest commercial airline. Yet even Bunny Mellon could not escape the rule of twentieth-century concurrent experience. Her radio set could pick up French-language broadcasts from Martinique, which could relay Paris bulletins. And as a Mellon she had her own private plane and pilots in New York.

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    Sorry I missed this one. I had to go to sleep!

    Okay. So... "Concurrent" means "happening at the same tims for many people" or something to that effect. The part of the book you're reading right now is, according to your other posts, talking about the difference in communication and transportation between the 1800s and 1900s.

    It's using this situation as an anecdote to stress just how much more connected the world became in the 1900s. A woman on an island who would otherwise be completely isolated managed to still pick up radio broadcasts from France, and she had a private plane. Basically, if she was living in the 1800s, none of this would be possible. But she is instead almost FORCED to remain connected with the world regardless of how many obstacles are in her way.

    The passage is thus further establishing that there is a "rule" in the 1900s that all experiences are connected and instantaneous, and it is showing that even the most isolated individual is not an exception to that rule; Mrs. Mellon could not escape the reality that everything in her world was intertwined, including her little island mansion.

    In fewer words, it means that in the 1900s, it became a fact of nature that people everywhere could be sharing experiences instantly, regardless of how isolated they were.

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