Here's the situation:
I have a spirit who eats books, and by eating them, absorbs their knowledge. He's caught and stuffed into a magic box and is kept there for hundreds of years, until he's found and rescued by a human who takes him home.
Said human soon catches the spirit eating his way through his bookshelf and blushing bright red because he's in the middle of The Joy of Sex, or an erotica novel, or something similar.
The question is, where is this spirit originally from?
I have a character who is incredibly well-read in certain areas, but has nonetheless not been exposed to many graphic depictions of sex. So I'm looking for a society whose literary tradition wouldn't tell him much more than the basic mechanics.
I think that means he's going to be from a society where books or other collections of written material exist, but aren't yet cheap enough for mass production--because then of course there's going to be porn. And also, books being expensive makes stuffing him into a box to stop him more imperative. (It's not such a big deal to feed a book-eating spirit when you can buy boxes of cheap romances or westerns for two bucks at a garage sale!)
I'm not really sure how to research this, since I'm looking for a negative.
Setting: Zetaboards-based Pokemon RP. Schizo tech out the wazoo.
Situation: Okay, so, my charrie, he can hear just fine, looks pretty normal -- well, aside from looking really owlish -- but. . . he can't talk. Never has been able to. His older brother can talk, but with difficulty, and prefers not to. I've got a vague idea that there's something wrong with their larynxes, and it's something congenital, but I haven't got a name for it. Neither one of their parents have it, though. Not sure about their grandparents.
Searched: Wikipedia only turned up stuff about the kinds caused by mental/emotional issues, vocal abuse, cancer, stuff like that. I googled "congenital causes of mutism", but it only brought up a gazillion hits for congenital deaf-mutism.
My question: Is there a real-life condition that works like this? If so, what's it called? If not. . . any ideas on what I should call this made-up condition?
(EDIT: Fixed a punctuation mishap.)
(EDIT 2: Thank you all for your help. I haven't really got a name for it, but now I've got a better idea of what other symptoms he'd have.)