In "They," what are the potential meanings for the lines "We're so far out of the world here," "walking in the woods," and "the other side of the country"?
What is key to realise is that these phrases occur as part of the story where the narrator strives to understand the mystery of the mansion that so attracts him. The strange woman who he meets who looks after the children who live there deliberately uses the phrases, with ironic meaning, to describe the other-worldly existence that both she and the children occupy. However, it is only at the end of the story that both we and the narrator understand the true import of such phrases.
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