Payoff of suspense: style in Whose Body

“The silence was like a shock. The blue eyes did not waver; they burned down steadily upon the heavy white lids below them. Then these slowly lifted; the grey eyes met the blue- coldly, steadily– and held them. When lovers embrace, there seems no sound in the world but their own breathing. So the two men breathed face to face.” (Sayers 156)

Sayers, D. L., & Carmichael, I. (2008). Whose Body? Chivers Audio Books.

Much has been done in the preceding chapters to set up for this emotional pay off. The encounter is both intimate and comical, and establishes room for the final chapter.