Segovia is the first major character that the audience is introduced to in “She Lived in a Story”. Being a profound lecturer, he explains his feeling about characters and creating texts so that others can understand his ways. The following statement is Segovia’s way of telling the reader that the most power lies within the author, and then after that the actors who play certain roles have the ability to make a piece better.
“In one way or another actors live in the text. They live the part they were given to play and they live the text; they do not embody anyone at all” (Samperio 56).
Here, Segovia is explaining how actors live in the text by taking on the traits and roles of a character. They are given certain attributes by the author and they mold themselves into this new being. The actors live “in” the text by adapting to the circumstances and feelings that the author puts them in. Depending on the era of the narrative, the actors must find a part within that setting. When Segovia states “they do not embody anyone at all” he is pointing out the fact that the character is a fresh creation of the author, so that it cannot be duplicated or imitated.