Right, Ms. Spark

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paperwork, you should acquire a cat.

— Muriel Spark

Gus appraises the author and finds him wanting.

Because you will solve problems while staring at the cat. You will watch his inscrutable eyes, admire the complex swirl of his fur, follow the dance of his tail and the jazz of his walk, smile at his effortless yoga, vibrate in sympathy with the remarkable resonance of his purr, and all the while your brain will find the transitional paragraph, resolve the logic of the underground economy of data smuggling between universes, see with indisputable clarity the essential elision, and reveal the next sentence that was there all along, just waiting for you to shut up long enough to hear it. You will owe all of this to the cat, who will not thank you for your belated understanding of the obvious.