The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Blount paid no attention to anyone in the palace except the mute. They were both looking at each other. The mute's eyes were cold and gentle as a cat's and all his body seemed to listen. The drunk man was in a frenzy.
"You're the only one in this town who catches what I mean." (1.2.76-77)
Sometimes it was fun to devil Portia. She started on the same tune and said the same thing over and over – like that was all she knew. (1.3.117)
It was good to talk. The sound of his voice gave him pleasure. The tones seemed to echo and hang on the air so that each word sounded twice. [...] He suddenly wanted to return to the mute's quiet room and tell him of the thoughts that were in his mind. (1.4.95)