Hannibal Lecter, Mnemonist
…Hannibal went to the center of his own mind and into the foyer of his memory palace. He elected for music in the corridors, a Bach string quartet, and passed quickly through the Hall of Mathematics, through Chemistry, to the room he’d adopted recently from the Carnavalet Museum and renamed the Hall of the Cranium. It took only a few minutes to store everything, associating anatomical details with the set arrangements of displays in the Carnavalet, being careful not to put the venous blues of the face against blues in the tapestries.
When he had finished in the Hall of the Cranium, he paused for a moment in the Hall of Mathematics, near the entrance. It was one of the oldest parts of the palace in his mind. He wanted to treat himself to the feeling he got at the age of seven when he understood the proof Mr. Jakov showed him. All of Mr. Jakov’s tutorial sessions at the castle were stored there, but none of their talks from the hunting lodge.
I wonder if the idea of not placing blue against blue comes from Luria’s Mind of a Mnemonist where Shereshevsky said he couldn’t remember an egg because he placed it against a white fence.
Hannibal Lecter has a interesting choice of music — I don’t think Bach wrote any string quartets… 🙂