"And so faced with these periods of solitude, the topoanalyst starts to ask questions: Was the room a large one? How, too, in these fragments of space, did the human being achieve silence? How did he relish the very special silence of the various retreats of solitary day-dreaming?" Bachelard, writing in The Poetics of Space, creates an assistant for psychonalysis: the topoanalyst who specialises in the relationship between intimacy and space, the rooms of memory in which private acts are inhibited and re-lived. Silence characterises these spaces. Bachelard looks beyond biography (the obsession of our current times...and novels based on time-bound narrative) to a deeper level of experience and writing, insisting that Hermeticism and Hermeneutics must embody more than "conjuctive temporal tissue". As a discipline, it should speculate upon "the spaces of our intimacy". Six weeks of silence has created many intimate thoughts and feelings.