chapter  23
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Tolstoy’s Infection Theory

These are the two most relevant senses here, and both are involved in Tolstoy’s exposition. The first would bring this view into connection with his doctrine that only so far as art is acces­ sible to all men is it valuable. The second, however, cannot be reconciled with that view, but that he held it cannot be doubted. ‘The more the sensation to be conveyed is special’, he goes on, ‘the more strongly does it act upon the receiver; the more spe­ cial the condition of the mind is, to which the reader is trans­ ferred, the more willingly and the more powerfully does he blend with it.’