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Silence was there with a loud rhythm.
The halls, towers, the rooms of Gormenghast were of another planet.

Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
"Glorious", said Steerpike, "is a dictionary word. We are all imprisoned by the dictionary. We choose out of the vast, paper-walled prison our convicts, the little black printed words, when in truth we need fresh sounds to utter, new enfranchised noises which would produce a new effect. In dead and shackled language, my dears, you are glorious, but oh, to give vent to a brand new sound that might convince you of what I really think of you, as you sit there in your purple splendour, side by side! But no, it is impossible. Life is too fleet for onomatopoeia. Dead words defy me. I can make no sound, dear ladies, that is apt."

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