And what does Nin's comment say about the characters in our novels and short stories.
Perhaps if one wanted to psychoanalyze an author,
evidence could be gathered for the process
from the actions of the characters in her/his manuscripts.
we would have to consider our own
pre-conceived subconscious assessments
of these characters, wouldn't we?
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On that note, one wonders how an individual knows if s/he is playing
with the minds and hearts of her/his contemporaries.