| Quote #7
ROS: We're not finished, then?
Can you imagine anything more isolating than having a mind and not a body, of just being a voice in the dark?
| Quote #8
GUIL: There may be something in the letter to keep us going a bit.
To what extent does having or not having a sense of purpose contribute to feelings of isolation? If Ros and Guil had a better idea of what they were doing, would they feel less alienated?
| Quote #9
GUIL (excitedly): Out of the void, finally a sound; while on a boat (admittedly) outside the action (admittedly) the perfect and absolute silence of the wet lazy slap of water against water and the rolling creak of timber – breaks. (3.216)
Guil, who is usually so worried about isolation, is not in this case. What makes the difference? Does his poetic language become like a cloak of comfort that he puts on in his extreme isolation?