by jettisoning ones diverse abilities in order to condense and intensify the will like a magnifying glass intensifies sunlight, by forgetting all about being a complete person and throwing ones whole being into a single obsession, one stands a very good chance of achieving some narrow excellence. technical obsession is like an unlit, ever-narrowing mine shaft leading right down through the human mind. the deeper down one plunges, the more fabulous and often the more remunerative, the gems or ore. But the deeper down one plunges the more confined and conditioned one's thoughts and movements become, and the greater the danger of permanently losing ones way back to the surface of the planet.
The things she most wanted to tell him would lose their meaning the moment she put them into words.