Character sketch

From a book I’m currently reading:

“Upon first meeting him, shallow men tended to dismiss him out of hand, and he took great pleasure in allowing them to do so – for he was, in fact, a man of great depth, intensely conscious of his own superiority, and his veiled demeanour was like a thousand-foot drop concealed by two inches of snow […] He knew well that the best way to see and hear all that went on around him was to appear blind and deaf”.

This kind of perceptiveness, economy and precision is one of the things I appreciate most in a writer.