Pinter speaks Pinter to Pinter

I'm curious about this (see below). I remember having a conversation with a professor that I liked a great deal about whether speech can ever be peaceful, and I for some reason would not quit saying that speech is always coercive, though that has little to do with the quote below.

Pinter crescendo: "The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness."

Echo. I like that.

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