Talk:The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

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Odd sentence[edit]

"In between trance and wakefulness, Valdemar tongue begs to quickly either put him back to sleep him."

I'd edit this if I knew what the last part (of the either/or) is supposed to be, but I haven't read the story. Tales 12:59, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for catching that! It's certainly an odd plot element but I think I fixed it so it makes more sense grammatically. Plot-wise, it's odd because it's the tongue that is talking, rather than Valdemar himself. Does it look any better this way? --Midnightdreary 13:16, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
I looked over the text of the short story itself and found that your alterations are perfectly compatible. Where did the weird grammar come from in the first place? Frotz (talk) 04:49, 18 June 2012 (UTC)
Afraid all of you are misinterpreting the text entirely too literally. Poe is making a distinction between normal speech (which appears to emanate from the lips of the speaker) and the unnatural speech of Valdemar, which seems to emanate from the throat and "lolling tongue" while the lips and jaw do not move. He is not saying that the tongue itself can speak, or that it has a mouth or a separate existence or mindfulness from Valdemar himself. I am editing the article to improve accuracy. (talk) 20:35, 21 November 2012 (UTC)