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speechless

(spēch′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking the faculty of speech.
2. Temporarily unable to speak, as through astonishment.
3. Refraining from speech; silent.

speech′less·ly adv.
speech′less·ness n.
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Not only does Senay's body in Dirty Pretty Things illustrate this process of archetypification stemming from speechlessness and bodily representation (and, arguably, expressions from the eyes), but her body likewise is transformed into the automaton Chow speaks of through additional means, including economics.
Visions and beholding may be involved in these poems of meeting; but because the speakers of such poems are not alone, sublime experiences do not lead to silence and speechlessness.
For Thoreau, the experience brought him to speechlessness and for my students the effects are similar.
The placement of Beloved in the realm of African American music is Morrison's key to overcoming the speechlessness of trauma and to engaging in a constructive dialogue with painful chapters of the past.
Mooney notes the symbolic connection of Julianus's blindness with his misinterpretation of the Lucretia story (105), but does not articulate the other parallels between the two scenes, such as Jacinta's speechlessness.
4) "Cordelia's insistence on her own 'silence,'" she argues, "categorically underscores the connection between speechlessness and an acceptance of the female's nature to be traded out.
And he stayed in the public eye for as long as possible, not hiding the speechlessness and paroxysms of a dying man.
It is not the speechlessness of animals nor the muteness of departed souls but is read in the eyes of the inconsolable.
In the following chapter, Simborowski addresses the historical aspect of female speechlessness from the traditional writings to those of contemporary Italian women writers.
Astonishment, implied speechlessness, the dimness of an assured heaven, and the arbitrariness of divine will combine to suggest that this speaker voices an oblique criticism of Calvinist doctrine and that the faith depicted here has unanswered questions.
One of the questions contributing to speechlessness was whether it is a true proposition that true propositions mirror reality.
I'm so very sorry that Luther cannot be here tonight in person," she told the crowd in Los Angeles last night, after a brief moment of tearful speechlessness.