Colonel Smithers’s voice had taken on a new briskness. His eyes were alight. He had his lecture pat. Bond sat back. He was prepared to listen to anyone who was master of his subject, any subject.Ian Fleming – Goldfinger
Children learn to speak through listening and play-imitating for some doting audience. Adults are people who seldom admit they still mostly learn this way. However, some people fully espouse and practice the habit of listening through the fog of the Master’s monologue, looking for patterns, piecing together caught glimmers of recognition, even when a full understanding is hopeless, all this purely for the fun of it.
It’s child-like, listening well. It’s full of wonder and necessitates a fully open mind, a mind willing to leave with more questions than straight answers.