"Didn't you ever happen to think the best thing to tell them might have been whatever it was they wished to hear?"
If he is dead, then I wish to hear the story.
It was the answer the old man wished to hear.
However that may be, I never wish to hear such a sound again.
Right now he wished to never again hear another voice without a face to go with it.
It was not all he might have wished to hear.
"I am sure you will wish to hear a full report."
He had his own opinions and didn't really wish to hear other people's.
And even if he could, it was entirely possible she would not wish to hear them.
Well, perhaps you wish to hear about my problems, but I don't think so.