What does "on two different planes" means in

Behind all the fantasy of the Gothic imagination there remained, on two different planes, a sharp sense of reality. Source : Barron's SAT workbook.

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    With "does" your verb should not be in 3rd singular tense. – user33000 May 27 '16 at 8:48
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    Something like this: books.google.com/… – user33000 May 27 '16 at 8:54
  • @Sina thanks, should I edit my question to add the source? – Santi Santichaivekin May 27 '16 at 9:06
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    In this page, you can see that the part you asked is under the "fantasy and reality", as if they are compared. So two planes may mean these 2 levels of thought. – user33000 May 27 '16 at 19:07
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    I've skimmed over the first two episodes and, really, I couldn't find anything clear about any duality (except for "both in architecture and in thought" in episode 2, which I think is unlikely for this "two planes"). In the end, I think Sina's suggestion is very plausible (even though the phrase sounds a bit odd to me; it's like saying "a sharp sense of reality remained behind all the fantasy on both the fantasy plane and on the reality plane", which is a bit illogical, IMO). So I guess it's fantasy and reality as Sina's suggested or as in the episode title itself: Romance and Reality. – Damkerng T. May 28 '16 at 9:35
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Plane here is used in its alternative meaning of level. You could replace:

On two different planes.

With:

On two different levels.

Though I can't really say more about it without the previous and following sentences.

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    You can see the surrounding context by looking here. It looks like it's taken from Chapter 3 of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, but I suspect the OP ran across it in the Barron's SAT prep book. – J.R. May 27 '16 at 8:45
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    @J.R. how did you know? :-/ – Santi Santichaivekin May 27 '16 at 9:04

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