3984. Like so often happens when one thinks with fondness about one’s past, after a while contradictory thoughts begin to intrude, and so it was with Otis. He began to think on the subject of the significance of “play acting.” The questions he put to himself were similar to ones Aristotle posed to himself long ago.
3985. Why is it, he wondered, that so often actors on a stage present a scene that is so much more compelling and exhilarating than anything anyone encounters in everyday life? He had observed certain poor people, who could hardly afford the admission for a simple one-act play, and yet they would come to the performance every night, and after a week they were just as engrossed in the production as at the first performance.