…so that a long series of verbal contentions (my “politenesses”) may suddenly explode into some generalized revulsion: a crying jag (for instance), before the other’s flabbergasted eyes, will suddenly wipe out all the efforts (and the effects) of a carefully controlled language. I break apart:
Connais donc Phèdre et toute sa fureur.
Now you know Phaedra and all her fury.
—Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments