"To see is to enter a universe of beings which display themselves....Thus every object is the mirror of all others. When I look at the lamp on my table, I attribute to it not only the qualities visible from where I am, but also those which the chimney, the walls, the table can "see"; the back of my lamp is nothing other than the face which it "shows" to the chimney. I can therefore see an object insofar as objects form a system or a world and insofar as each of them treats the others around it like spectators of its hidden aspects and a guarantee of their permanence."
Carman, Taylor, and Mark B. N. Hansen. 2005. The Cambridge companion to Merleau-Ponty. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 76.