From where do the stories, the voices, the music emanate? By the time the child learns the answer to this question, involuntary hearing, the uncertain, obscure nature of sound and the eavesdropping mode of listening are established. This is more strange than we allow: present but unseen, the unborn child involuntarily eavesdrops on people it does not yet know, overhearing sound from a world of which it has no knowledge or experience. Overhearing
sound is a medium that outreaches the known and negotiable world, but remains beyond comprehension at this stage of development.