British novelist, biographer, and editor
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
By degrees I made a discovery of still greater moment. I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds. I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers. This was indeed a godlike science, and I ardently desired to become acquainted with it.
Mary Shelley, British novelist, biographer, and editor, Frankenstein, 1818
Posted on May 17, 2000 at 6:11 PM