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THE COMIC SPIRIT
THE EXPRESSION OF JOY AS CHAR­ACTERIZED IN COLORS —GRAY, PURPLE, AND RED
Every human being possesses a certain amount of sensitiveness, therefore even an average artist may be able to interpret ade­quately a tragic song or a tragic dramatic action.
However, to be able to impregnate oneself with comic spirit requires a natural gift. You cannot study how to acquire a gift from nature, you will lose your precious time. You have it or you have it not.
This gift of nature goes generally with an­other gift, that of health. You do not see a sick person imbued with a sense of comedy.
Nature has given it not only to the healthy body but also to the healthy mind. You will find that a character of equable disposition is capable of a gayety which is refused to a capri­cious or nervous character.
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