THE PLAY WITHIN THE PLAY
We let the Mystery uplift us,
The magical Iconography, under whose Spell
That Boundless Storm of Existence
Into glass-clear Imagery jells.
The Glass Bead Game (1943)
I'll have these players play something like the murder of my father.
Consider for example the proceedings that we call "games." I mean board-games, card-games, ball-games, Olympic games, and so on... And this is just how one might explain to someone what a game is. One gives examples and intends them to be taken in a particular way... The point is that this is how we play the game. (I mean the language-game with the word "game.")
Philosophical Investigations (1945)
There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.
-JAMES P. CARSE
Finite and Infinite Games (1986)
BUTLER: Did you notice...did you notice that there is a model within that room in the castle? A model of the model?
JULIAN: I ... I did. But ... I didn't register it, it seemed so... continual.
BUTLER: (A shy smile): You don't suppose that within that tiny model in the model there, there is ... another room like this, with yet a tinier model within it, and within...
JULIAN: (Laughs): ... and within and within and ... ? No, I ... rather doubt it. It's remarkable craftsmanship, though. Remarkable.
BUTLER: Hell to clean.
Tiny Alice (1964)