Our action build us … little by little

Da Memorie di Adriano di Marguerite Yourcenar

“Different characters reigned in me from time to time, none of them very long; but soon the exhausted one regained power: the meticulous officer, fanatic of the discipline, ready to share with joy the privations of the war with his men; … the young haughty lieutenant who retires under the tent, studies his maps, and makes no mystery to his friends of his contempt for how the world goes; even the future statesman ….Little by little, a newcomer, a company director, a director came into operation. I knew the names of my actors; I regulated their plausible entries and exits; I cut off useless answers; I carefully avoided vulgar effects. Finally, I learned not to abuse the monologue: Little by little, my actions formed me.


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