“Don’t treat your characters like marionettes!”

The driver of the shuttle van rolled down the window and spoke rapidly in French.  Shortly after the answering squawk from the speaker phone, the gate swung open slowly, untouched by human hands.  Intellectually, I knew that a small motor was performing the work, but the grounds of the Abbaye de Royoument had already begun to … More “Don’t treat your characters like marionettes!”