Exercise #208 - Echoing in Dialogue

Echo and Narcissus
by John William Waterhouse
 From Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady, here's an example of "echoing" in dialogue:

"She has offered to take her--- she's dying to have Isabel go. But what I want her to do when she gets her there is give her all the advantages. I'm sure all we've got to do," said Mrs. Ludlow, "is to give her a chance."
"A chance for what?"
"A chance to develop."
"Oh Moses!" Edmund Ludlow exclaimed. "I hope she isn't going to develop any more!"
In this example, echoing works well to show the two characters' easygoing affection for one another. So, try writing a similar scene with echoing in the dialogue. If you need a prompt: a boss and his/ her ingratiating subordinate planning the new furniture arrangements for the office.

1, 2, 3, GO!

"I don't want to worry about any of this nonsense," Eldon said, flashing a bright smile. "Expending all of the energy is pointless."
"Pointless because...?"
"Pointless because of its obvious lack of worth."
"Well," Pickett said, "Luckily for her, its worth - lacking or not - isn't your decision."

What did you come up with?



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