before God involves ceasing, surrendering, resting in the presence of God who is love.
As we shall see, Des Forets's text continually plays upon the relationship of speech and silence, suggesting that speech refuses silence at the same time that it reaffirms it--a complicated paradox that reveals the impossibility of truly distinguishing the seemingly opposing poles of the continual production or words and wordlessness
. Despite the similarities of Manhood and The Bavard, Blanchot notes that the defining difference of the two modes of first-person narration lies in the status of the "I" in the text.
Philip, seeing the Capitol, goes in the space of a paragraph from a child's wordlessness
("biggest white thing") to a similarly naive (if more adult) claim that they have "driven right to the very heart of American history" (58).
Visual observation and physical experiment drive her engagement with the world; language is muted and restrained, and the "wordlessness
" of the forest is the backdrop of all activity (38, 193).
This silenced difference, Clare realizes, also defines her own identity, and Clare will strive to understand the wordlessness
of her mother and make up for it through the recuperation of a rather female-centered Jamaican history of colonial resistance.
In short, even as the details of Merrick's death are gradually revealed (but only to a point, as we never find out who actually killed him), Scott has already made it clear that the "'official" record has repressed these details to the point of wordlessness
He read it and then with matching wordlessness
pocketed it while we continued talking about other things.
In her search for a language and form to convey "wordlessness
Yet it is strange that specific words he experiences and hears during this period of wordlessness
appear in the lyrics of his "Tape 4, The Mountain Tapes," which are arbitrarily inserted between chapters 20 and 21.
He falls back into wordlessness
and cannot communicate at all.
In contrast with Sissi's willful wordlessness
, the royal servants spread hurtful rumors about their new empress.
raging and blustering to the point of wordlessness
) that are equally