The greatest characters are ineffable

Judge Learned Hand once wrote that the penalty for drawing a character too indistinctly is limited copyright protection. Yet the greatest characters are precisely those that cannot be drawn too distinctly – they are truly ineffable. Socrates, Jesus, Hamlet – all fictional characters -though two were based on historical characters- drawn skillfully by writers who were trying to describe the ineffable greatness of a man exalted above all others- in a word “noble.”

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