Diane found this quote in a book, Rameau's Niece, by Cathleen Schine. She thought it fit Jos.
"He had no difficulties at dinner parties. If he had been seated beside a rock, he would have quickly begun an animated discussion of its layers of sandstone and lime, its flecks of granite, its life underground, its ocean journeys and aspirations for the future. Intoxicated by this encounter, he would regale her with tales of the rock's history, which he would tell with such enthusiams and such grace that she would laugh and hope that some day she too might sit beside a stone at dinner. And the stone? It would sigh and bask in its newly realized glory, its importance and beauty, necessity and dignity---I pave roads and build towers, I form mountains, I rest on the throats of gracious ladies!"