chapter  8
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Stanley Cavell Nothing Goes without Saying: The Marx Brothers' Immigrant Talk

Intention, or the desperate demand for interpretation, is gaudily acknowledged in such turns as Chico's selling Groucho a tip on a horse by selling hirn a code book, then a master code book to explain the code book, then a guide required by the master code, then a subguide supplementary to the guide-a scrupulous union, or onion, of semantic and monetary exchanges and deferrals to warm the coldest contemporary theorist of signs; or as acted our in Chico's chain of guesses when Harpo, with mounting urgency, charades his message that a woman is going ro frame Groucho (both turns in A Day at the Races). But Groucho's interpretive powers achieve distinct heights of their own.