Shadow Plays: Virtual Realities in an Analog World

Chapter 1, Note 16

“The two books on which I have most meditated, and which I will never regret to have used, are the World and the Theatre. The first shows me many, many different characters of people, and paints them so naturally that they seem meant to suggest abundant topics of pleasant and instructive comedies […] The second […] shows me with what colors those characters must be represented on the stage […] how one has to shade them in order to throw them into relief.” Carlo Goldoni, Opere (Venice: Bettinelli, 1750), vol. 1, 761–74. My translation.

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