MORAL SENSE

He told me that all the good simple people in his novels (like Little Nell) are what he wanted to have been, and his villains were what he was (or rather, what he found in himself), his cruelty, his attacks of causeless enmity towards those who were helpless and looked to him comfort, his shrinking from those whom he ought to love, being used up in what he wrote. There where two people in him, he told me: one who feels as he ought to feel and one who feels the opposite. From the one who feels the opposite I make my evil characters, from the one who feels as a man ought to feel I try to live my live.

Charles Dickens, in an interview with Fiodor Dostoevsky in 1862.

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