Quotation by Samuel Richardson

Here I sit down to form characters. One I intend to be all goodness; All goodness he is. Another I intend to be all gravity; All gravity he is. Another Lady Gish; All Lady Gish she is. I am all the while absorbed in the character. It is not fair to say—I, identically I, am anywhere, while I keep within the character.
Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), British novelist. Letter, February 14, 1754, to Lady Bradshaigh. Selected Letters of Samuel Richardson, ed. John Carroll (1964).
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