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hello readers today we're going to talk about mind-reading whoo also known as understanding characters thoughts and feelings I'm kind of serious here one of the things that I think is magical about reading books and stories is that they let you see what characters are thinking and feeling sometimes a story takes you inside the mind of a character in a story here's what it sounds like when a character tells you the story herself it was a rainy miserable night in the town of Roseville my coffee cooled rapidly in the evening air I watched Johnny flamingo the Duke of Crime walk confidently across the parking lot I hated him I'm gonna get you Johnny and I'm gonna get you for doing all those crimes so how does this character feel about Johnny flamingo she hates him how do we know she told us so sometimes it's not a character who tells you what they're thinking or feeling but instead it's a narrator who knows how those characters feel and that can sound like this standing on a hill outside her little village Lana looked to the sky and the dragons that flew through the clouds and lazy circles I will learn to ride a dragon she thought I promised what does Lana want to learn to do ride dragons did she tell us no not exactly but the narrator did by listening to her thoughts do you see what I'm saying it's magical this ability to read a character's mind in a story if I had the power to fully hear my friend's thoughts I don't think we'd ever have any kind of misunderstandings ever again how a character thinks or feels about something is important evidence that helps explain why they act the way they do now it's possible to have a feeling or a thought but still do something opposite like a character could be afraid of heights but still climb a tree to rescue a cat or it's possible for a character to feel multiple conflicting emotions or thoughts at the same time just like it's possible for you or me to feel embarrassed and proud at the same time or happy and regretful let's take a look at this example it's not so bad said Zeke examining it closely when he saw my frown it's a bowling pin right I tried to remain calm but I was totally frustrated I spent all that time and Zeke thought my statue was a bowling pin I gritted my teeth as I forced a smile no not exactly but it's not quite done yet I grabbed the sculpture and headed to my room I was determined to make Lady Liberty recognizable I decided to watch a video on how to make realistic faces in clay it was helpful although it took me a while I finally made some improvements to my work of art see how the narrator says they're frustrated but they don't show it to Zeke they forced themselves to smile and not display their frustration they're trying to be calm but inside they're totally frustrated so I guess the lesson here is that the magic of mind-reading is only part of the story you have to go by how characters in the story act - but we'll talk about that in another video you can learn anything Dave it out