The Nine Tailors Commentary

Topics: Dorothy L. Sayers, Bell Pages: 37 (1189 words) Published: February 23, 2014
Michael
 Abushacra
 
 

English
 SL
 

 

 

 

 

Commentary:
 The
 Nine
 Tailors
 

 

In
 this
 passage
 from
 The
 Nine
 Tailors
 by
 Dorothy
 L.
 Sayers,
 Wimsey,
 the
 main
 character,
 climbs
 up
 a
 

bell-­‐tower
 and
 endures
 the
 deafening
 vexatious
 shrills
 of
 the
 bells.
 The
 clangor
 from
 the
 bells
 causes
 him
 
extreme
 amounts
 of
 pain
 and
 suffering.
 Throughout
 the
 passage,
 Wimsey
 struggles
 to
 keep
 the
 noise
 from
 
harming
 him
 as
 he
 tries
 to
 climb
 up
 the
 belfry.
 Sayers
 portrays
 Wimsey’s
 painful
 situation
 with
 the
 use
 of
 
vivid
  auditory
  imagery
  regarding
  the
  deafening
  noise
  of
  the
  bells
  and
  with
  the
  use
  of
  personification
  to
 
amplify
 the
 magnitude
 of
 the
 destructive
 force
 of
 the
 bells.
 She
 is
 as
 well
 able
 to
 create
 an
 apprehensive
 and
 
menacing
  mood
  in
  the
  passage
  with
  enumeration
  to
  mimic
  the
  incessant
  violent
  nature
  of
  the
  bells
  and
 
with
 an
 uneven
 paragraph
 structure
 to
 convey
 tension
 and
 to
 slow
 down
 the
 narrative
 of
 the
 story.
 
 

 

All
  throughout
  the
  passage,
  Sayers
  adds
  life
  and
  substance
  to
  the
  bellicose
  sounds
  using
  vivid
 

auditory
 imagery
 to
 create
 a
 chaotic
 and
 violent
 scene
 while
 portraying
 Wimsey’s
 state
 of
 pain
 as
 he
 climbs
 
the
 ladder
 using.
 The
 use
 of
 personification
 enlivens
 the
 violent
 sound
 making
 way
 for
 its
 devastating
 toll
 
on
  Wimsey.
  The
  bell-­‐tower
  reaches
  and
  exceeds
  its
  limit
  and
  becomes
  supersaturated,
  “drenched
  and
 
drunken
 with
 noise.”(Sayers
 6)
 Sayers
 personifies
 the
 tower
 as
 the
 noise
 makes
 it
 “stagger
 like
 a
 drunken
 
man”(Sayers
 6-­‐7)
 turning
 into
 a
 completely
 mindless
 belligerent
 being
 far
 off
 from
 its
 normal
 state.
 Sayers
 
writes
  of
  the
  “brazen
  fury
  of
  the
  bells”
  (Sayers
  4-­‐5)
  assaulting
  Wimsey’s
  ears
  as
  he
  first
  enters
  the
  bell-­‐
chamber.
  An
  impudent
  chaotic
  barrage
  of
  noise
  stuns
  Wimsey
  before
  he
  even
  begins
  climbing
  the
  last
 
ladder.
 
 The
 “unendurable
 shrill
 clangour”(l.16)
 creates
 the
 auditory
 image
 of
 an
 unrelenting
 high-­‐pitched
 
resonating
  sound.
  The
  sound
  then
  escapes
  the
  realm
  of
  simple
  noise
  and
  crosses
  into
  the
  category
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