„I speak and speak, … but the listener retains only the words he is expecting. … It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.“

—  Marco Polo, In fiction, Io parlo parlo ... ma chi m'ascolta ritiene solo le parole che aspetta. ... Chi comanda al racconto non è la voce: è l'orecchio. Marco Polo to Kublai Khan, in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1974), ch. 9

Io parlo parlo … ma chi m'ascolta ritiene solo le parole che aspetta. … Chi comanda al racconto non è la voce: è l'orecchio.

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