natural history museums of any pretensions, the individual specimen is subordinated to the whole.
The great Agassiz
collection at Harvard
is expressly named ‘The Museum of Comparative Zoology.’
In the Peabody Museum at Yale—in which, as Charles Darwin
told me, quoting Huxley
, there is more to be learned than from all the museums of Europe
—you are not shown the skeleton of a horse, and left with that knowledge, but you are shown every step in the development of the horse from the time when, in pre-historic periods, he was no larger than a fox and had five toes.
In science, plot is not only not ignored, but it is almost everything; only it is not called plot, it is called evolution.
And conversely, what is called evolution in science is called plot in fiction.
that character is first in importance, as it doubtless is, yet plot is the development of character.
It is not enough to paint Arthur Dimmesdale
, standing with his hand on his heart and despair in his eyes; to paint the hand anatomically correct, the eyes deep in emotion; but we need to know what brought him there; what produced