He doesn't take well to fools or frauds. The first time we met I felt gauged, appraised, quickly read. Eyes moved up and down me. I had the same sense of apprehension as when stepping through an airport scanner. Then - clear. Green light. No improper goods. Nothing falsely hidden. A test passed, for the time being at least.
- From The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane