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The intrigue is unimportant and the persons of the play are drawn from the
standpoint of caricature rather than character. Whatever your goodwill you cannot
suspend your disbelief in them. Gogol, however, had the good sense not to
distort his ...
But Dostoievsky's characters are like the persons in a morality play. They give
you the impression that they are complicated because they do things that you do
not understand, but a closer acquaintance shows you that in fact they are ...
We feel dissatisfied when the persons of a story do not act from motives that we
accept as sufficient. We expect their behaviour to be rational, and if it isn't we say:
“But people don't act like that.” Our demand for probability grows more and more
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A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review