Nick sat smoking, looking out over the country. He did not need to get his map out. He knew where he was from the position of the river.
In some ways, that’s exactly what art is—a way of showing the extent to which one understands about people, the world. When we think, for example, of the world’s greatest writers, we list those who have done this well—those who have understood something about people, and put that something into words.