I never presumed to speak, except in answer to a question; and then I did it with inward regret, because it was a loss of so much time for improving myself; but I was infinitely delighted with the station of an humble auditor in such conversations, where nothing passed but what was useful, expressed in the fewest and most significant words; where, as I have already said, the greatest decency was observed, without the least degree of ceremony; where no person spoke without being pleasedů
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His lips work wordlessly, without cease, as if speaking to some helpless auditor lodged within his breast.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
You know the auditor told you it was a bad business.