adventures and misadventures
Like everything that had to do with him, the narration of his past depended on a complex alchemy of humors, climates, and correspondences, and only when it had been fully achieved would the floodgates of his memory open, launching him into long recollections that did not take into account either time or the disposition of his listeners. But it is true that the experience brought to his listeners a kind of enchantment that dissolved the daily routine of their lives.
(The Adventures and Misadventures
of Maqroll, p. 373)