Talking in his sleep

May 7, 2012

Some people don’t make the transition from sleep to being fully awake when someone wakes them up, and they can talk in their sleep at length and with self-consistence even if the subjects are fantastic.  They don’t recall what they’ve said later, when they are fully awake.  I’ve never had someone in that state make a promise to me, but I think there’s a story somewhere about such a situation, in which one partner promises the other marriage during such a dream state, and the fully awake partner does not realize that her partner as she knows him is unaware of what he has said.

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3 Responses to “Talking in his sleep”

  1. Richard Says:

    This sounds like a Lorrie Moore short story

  2. Diana Moses Says:

    I am not familiar with them, but maybe I should become so.

  3. Richard Says:

    One prevailing theme in her stories is that people have these flaws in their relationships without being aware or really addressing them.. One person will inadvertently say something (i.e. talking in their sleep) which exposes the whole thing. It usually ends badly but in a good kind of way. She tells the stories with a humor and compassion which makes them very readable


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