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100 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
correspond to their emotions, their vices, their virtues.
However, you have not only to see.
The observer must be photographer and negative plate in one, he must be a spectator of humanity and at the same time its critic and its judge.
The observer lives in perpetual emotion, he is in turn amused or bored, enthusiastic or discouraged, impassioned or disgusted, but he is always knowing. His eye is a pencil which marks down, on the pages of his brain, indelible lines, which, added one to one, create for the observer most valuable documents of humanity.
By such documents you, the conscientious observer, will complete your incarnations of those characters, which the words of the author, the playwright, or the poet have sketched for you.
Can the gift of observation be acquired?
Observation is a matter of education, of training.
If a child be taught from his earliest youth to open his eyes and to keep them open, to walk through life not only with open eyes but