Mark Bernstein provides examples of emotional power in Hypertext. There are so many more, too:
From Douglas’ I have said nothing
â€”heâ€™s not going to pieces: heâ€™s trying to make a joke. But Luke canâ€™t see it.
Thatâ€™s because when Jake looks at Luke, he sees his daughterâ€™s boyfriend looking hollow-eyed, slumped over in the visitorâ€™s chair, the kind of morose, hang-dog type nearly always in need of a bit of cheering up.
He canâ€™t even begin to imagine what Luke sees when he looks across at him. When Luke looks at Jake, he doesnâ€™t see someone who will never walk again. What he sees is a man who hasnâ€™t yet realized that the two daughters he saw on Christmas day are now two tidy piles of ashes lying in two gold foil boxes, stowed in a rented house somewhere in North Hollywood.
And just a shorty from Completing the Circle,
We have nailed ourselves to eternity.