Characters, Sympathy, and Reason

“Sympathy kept under the control of reason has a penetrating power of its own, and leads to discoveries that no coldly scientific analysis will disclose,” Bernard Berenson as quoted in Rachel Cohen’s article, “Priceless,” New Yorker: Oct. 8, 2012.

An art appraiser, Bernard Berenson here describes how writers should look at characters, real and imagined, and themselves. It’s an aspiration for our practice.