chapter  V
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Communication in thought

We have looked first at a dramatist at work upon the revelation of character and on the ordered sequence of events that make the plot because these are the aspects of the play to which we turn first when we are thinking about the dramatic mode. They make up the greater part of the play's content; the greater part - but not all. There remains the language itself, forming yet another aspect of the play's technique and as evidently bringing its own contribution to the total effect; the sound or the immediate sense of words considered singly or in small groups, perhaps afterwards to be related together in their proper and continuous pattern, words in their own right, distinguishable from their function as mediators of the content. All this will be found in a work of art to be in harmony with the mode already discovered in the treatment of character and plot. There remains above all the imagery, which is a special part of this and sometimes, as in the visual imagery called for by settings, almost a separable part and selfcontained.