Carson McCullers captures, or creates, an astonishing spectrum of nuance in how people communicate, with voices, faces, bodies.

‘Talk – talk – talk. The words came out of his throat like a cataract. And the thing was that the accent he used was always changing, the kinds of words he used.  Sometimes he talked like a linthead and sometimes like a professor.’

Source: Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2008 (1940)), p. 19

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