He belongs of course, ultimately, to a secret society

The mistake they make, most of them, is to attempt to determine and calculate, with the finest instruments, the source of the wound.

They seek out the gaps between the apparent and the void that hinges upon it with all due tautness. They turn to the wound with deference, a lance, and a needle and thread.

Once the investigation has begun, however, there is no other way but to him.

– Harold Pinter, “A Note on Shakespeare”