Sayers: Using Text to Support Suspense

“—all these things and many others rang together and made one sound, they swung together like bells in a steeple, with the deep tenor booming through the clamour:

‘The knowledge of good and evil is a phenomenon of the brain, and is removable, removable, removable. The knowledge of good and evil is removable.'”

Sayers, Dorothy. Whose Body? 1923. Reprint, New York: Dover, 2009.

Sayer’s language in this passage reflects an authentic inner dialogue, well suited for the content of this novel. The realization is personified by images of a resonating sound, further fueling the intensity of the moment. Within this context, readers are, too, are given textual evidence to assist their understanding of the detective’s reasoning. The recollection of Sir Julian Freke’s statement serves as a grand purpose, especially within the context of this detective story, of which typically relies on a reiteration of facts and words.