One possible answer to the reductiveness of society is the loner’s attempt to stand apart from it. But comedy’s depiction of this character, we have seen, is full of contradictions: loners find themselves on display to the world they thought they had left, and more involved with it than they intended. Society continues to make its claims. Another possible answer is to escape to another place, a place of liberty. In Northrop Frye’s still-influential analysis of Shakespearean comedy, this is the ‘green world’, a place of freedom where the ‘comic resolution is achieved’, after which the characters can move back to normal society.1 But the other places of comedy are not always green, and what is achieved in them is not always resolution. Comedy’s treatment of the other place is as complex and contradictory as its treatment of the loner.