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The Voice of the HeartThe Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination$
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G. Peter Winnington

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310225

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314391

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(p.219) 10 Voice
The Voice of the Heart
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the significance of the voices of Peake's characters. His characters came to him first as voices, and as he wrote he made sketches to check whether his writing was faithful to what he had heard. In the course of his stories, the information that Peake provides about the sound of his characters' voices is more richly detailed, especially in imagery, than any other aspect of their appearance. The individual quality of a voice identifies the speaker, both physically and as a personality, and Peake alludes to it frequently, with variety and inventiveness.

Keywords:   sound, voices, characters, speakers

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