When a character is suggested to me, he immediately takes possession of my mind; he haunts me continually by night and day, and will leave me no peace until I have done with him. When I read, he whispers his opinions in my ear; when I walk, he persists in making his criticism upon everybody I meet and upon everything I see and hear. Then at last I have to yield. I sit down and write his biography. I ask who was his father and who was his mother, what sort of people they were, and of what kind of family they came, how they looked, and what were their habits. Then I inquire into the particulars of my hero’s education; what was his personal appearance, how and in what kind of a town or country did he spend those years of his life in which character is especially moulded. Sometimes I go still further, as, for instance, in the case of Bazaroff, the nihilist. He had taken such a powerful hold of me, I had to keep his journal, in which he wrote his opinions on all the leading questions of the day, religious, political, and social.…
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