The exclusion of the statuary closes over the "hole in the scoptophilic
lens"--that is, by returning the appearance of the vulva to singularity, it is restored to a particular kind of intelligibility here understood as representability.
Necessarily then, the scoptophilic drive will be frustrated: although the narrator stares at Rudy with every ounce of his energy, the moment of revelation, of death, escapes him: "I could not, even in imagination, touch Rudy's perception--his eyes were too fixed, his lips too set, his muscles straining against the inexorable process" (54).
Objects are grasped by a scoptophilic urge and their description prepares, metaphorically, the close-up on Keller.
17) It would not be too difficult to show here that Freud's account, in "Instincts and Their Vicissitudes" (1915), of the scoptophilic
instinct corroborates this breakdown, even though the essay itself will toy to insist that vision represents the surmounting of oral proximity.