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‘Nothing clears up one’s ideas like explaining them’ : Muddle-headed inventor Professor Cavor needs to think aloud, and for reasons of his own Mr Bedford is anxious to listen.
‘Nothing clears up one’s ideas like explaining them’

From from ‘The First Men in the Moon’ by H. G. Wells.

Mr Bedford has complained about Professor Cavor’s habit of humming loudly as he passes by, thinking scientific thoughts, on his regular afternoon walk. As a result, the Professor’s walks have lost their magic, and Bedford feels guilty.

I AM a man who believes in impulses. I made what was perhaps a rash proposition. But you must remember, that my compunction for his ruined walk still hung about me.

“Why not,” said I, “make this your new habit? In the place of the one I spoilt?

“What you want is to turn over your work in your mind. That you have always done during your afternoon walk. Unfortunately that’s over — you can’t get things back as they were.

“But why not come and talk about your work to me; use me as a sort of wall against which you may throw your thoughts and catch them again?

“It’s certain I don’t know enough to steal your ideas myself — and I know no scientific men — ”

I stopped. He was considering. Evidently, the thing attracted him. “Of course it would be a great help to me. Nothing clears up one’s ideas so much as explaining them.”

From from ‘The First Men in the Moon’ by H. G. Wells.

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