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The Marionettist

Edward Gordon Craig

The pioneer seldom finds an easy road, and as your way does

not end in becoming a celebrated marionettist but is a much longer

and an untrodden way leading to a very different end, you will

have all the advantages and the disadvantages of pioneering;

but keep in mind what I have told you: that your aim is not to

become a celebrated marionettist, it is not to become the

manager of a so-called successful theatre; it is not to become

the producer of elaborate and much-talked-of plays; it is to

become an artist of the Theatre; and as a base to all this you

must, as I have said, serve your term of apprenticeship as a

marionettist faithfully and well. If at the end of five years as

a marionettist you are convinced that you know what your

future will be; if, in fact, you are succeeding, you may give

yourself up for lost.

Short cuts lead nowhere in this world. Did you think when the

longing came upon you and when you told your family that you

must go upon the stage that such a great longing was to be so

soon satisfied? Is satisfaction so small a thing? Is desire a thing

of nothing, that a five years' quest can make a parody of it? But

of course not. Your whole life is not too long, and then only at

the very end will some small atom of what you have desired

come to you. And so you will be still young when you are full

of years.

The pioneer seldom finds an easy road, and as your way does

not end in becoming a celebrated marionettist but is a much

longer and an untrodden way leading to a very different end,

you will have all the advantages and the disadvantages of

pioneering; but keep in mind what I have told you: that your

aim is not to become a celebrated marionettist, it is not to

become the manager of a so-called successful theatre; it is not

to become the producer of elaborate and much-talked-of plays;

it is to become an artist of the Theatre; and as a base to all this

you must, as I have said, serve your term of apprenticeship as

a marionettist faithfully and well.