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To wit­ness the moment when pain caus­es a rever­sion to the pre-lan­guage of cries and groans is to wit­ness the destruc­tion of lan­guage; but con­verse­ly, to be present when a per­son moves up out of that pre-lan­guage and projects the facts of sen­tience into speech is almost to have been per­mit­ted to be present at the birth of lan­guage itself.”

–Elaine Scar­ry, The Body in Pain

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