Reading teaches you amazing things. Came across a word yesterday, "etiolated," and it packs a lifetime of a meaning in it. It's a descriptive for a plant that has been grown in darkness (!!!) and is pale due to a lack of light. Applied to a character, in one word you can supply a life story. Isn't this powerful? I only wish I could not just read books but swallow them to extract all the knowledge there is.