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The Emphasis on Words

“Her Grace tells me that a respectable Battersea architect has discovered a dead man in his bath.”

“Indeed, my lord? That’s very gratifying.”

“Very, Bunter. Your choice of words is unerring” (Sayers 3).

“…can I have the heart to fluster the flustered Thipps further–that’s very difficult to say quickly…” (3).

“Such a thing has never ‘appened–happened to me in all my born days…and what with one thing and another I ‘ad–had to send the girl for a stiff brandy…” (5).

Sayers, Dorothy L. Whose Body? Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 2009. Print.

Notes: It seems the characters are very preoccupied with wordplay and correct choice of words in odd situations where this kind of linguistic thoughtfulness would be the last thing on Lord Peter’s, Mr. Thipp’s, and the butler’s mind, considering a dead body was just found in a bathtub. It created this atmosphere of absurdity and lightheartedness when the tone would traditionally be dark.