“Trusting I have now made clear to you any point which you may have found obscure, and with congratulations on the good fortune and perspicacity which have enabled you to defeat me, I remain, with kind remembrances to your mother,
Yours Very Truly,
Post-Scriptum: …I feel sure that my brain will be of interest to the scientific world. As I shall die by my own hand, I imagine that there may be a little difficulty about this” (pp. 139-40).
Sayers, Dorothy. Whose Body? 1923. Reprint, New York: Dover, 2009.
Sayers, in this passage and throughout the novel, knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seat while reading Whose Body?. By the end of each chapter, Sayers has a tendency to use cliff hangers, wanting the reader to read more. However, in this passage specifically, it is quite interesting how Freke’s letter is ended mid-sentence, yet continues with the “Post-Scriptum” after he signs the letter. Compared to the other texts we have read, the other authors use many literary devices to somewhat distract the reader from the actual text. Stein’s story “Melanctha,” for example, has the tendency to use complex diction that leads readers away from the actual story/plot that is occurring. Sayers, on the other hand, is more of a easy-read, for lack of a better term. Readers know exactly what is happening while they are reading.