The characters were as tangible as all of us standing in this room.
If I can settle on a few more characters, it should begin to fall into place.
Chance forms the characters of the rulers of France, who submit to him; chance forms the character of Paul I of Russia who recognizes his government; chance contrives a plot against him which not only fails to harm him but confirms his power.
And I'm still bothered that there are twenty-seven characters used and not just twenty-six.
And so it is with the purpose of historic characters and nations.