chapter  1
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Words sometimes tell stories. The fortune of the word person has fascinated me for a long time. Used in many European languages to define the complete and complex totality of the single human being, it was formerly used, as is well known, to mean mask. Is this a reversal of meaning? Is it possible that the term used to denote an object, which helps to change one’s identity by concealing the previous identity (that of the actor) and assuming a new one (that of the character), succeeds in expressing the concept of the oneness and permanence of the individual? Or might it be useful to reflect upon possible shifts and intersections of the two semantic fields?