chapter  5
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Carla Kaplan "Talk to Me": Talk Ethics and Erotics

Given all of this, it is hardly surprising that conversation and dialogue have been heavily freighted with positive, even utopian images of equality, reciprocity, and deep satisfaction. Consider, for example, the highly charged language with which Jane Eyre describes the fulfillment she experiences in talking with Rochester or Diana and Mary Rivers. It is "exhilarating pleasure," she maintains, a "delicious pleasure," a "paradise of union." Or the way that listening to Janie, and being listened to in turn, affects Pheoby in Their Eyes were Watehing God: ''Ah done growed ten feet higher from just listening to you." Celie, in Alice Walker's The Color Purple, even measures the worth of a newly transformed Mr. -- by whether or not he is now "somebody I can talk to."