Paul, a linguist, learns that his wife has been found dead under the apple tree in their backyard. Since their dog, Lorelei, was the only witness to the death, Paul decides he must teach Lorelei to speak. His obsession is less about believing he succeed than it is about his urgent need to believe that his wife’s death was an accident and not a statement about their marriage. Parkhurst never tells you that Paul is feeling bad or sad or guilty. We only know how Paul feels by his actions, which has the effect of making us feel what he feels even more directly.
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Contributor: Joan Schweighardt