Ans - The author says that the characters in a novel do nothing but live. They can not keep on being good or bad as decided by the norms and patterns. The moment the characters try to follow a pattern, they are no longer alive, and the novel falls dead. In the same manner, human beings also got to keep living and not follow set patterns. A man can choose how he wants to live, by following God, money, wine, or women. But if they read a good novel, these men would realize whether they are truly alive or merely living but dead otherwise. If a man is dead to things around him, then he is not living in the true sense of the word.