This is the second post in this series. Here’s the first post and some background about the series.
But most of the time nobody was sure what he was saying. Talk-talk-talk. The words came out of his throat like a cataract. -Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
This sentence describes the rowdy drunkard Jake Blount, who sometimes sounds “like a linthead” and at other times, “like a professor.” Jake is a socialist who has a violent gospel to dispel to the world; he’ll share it with anyone who will listen. Ironically, the only one who will “listen” and who Jake thinks understands is John Smith, a deaf-mute.