Can We Communicate or Can We Talk?

“M. Noirtier? But I thought you told me he had become entirely paralyzed, and that all his faculties were completely destroyed?
“Yes, his bodily faculties, for he can neither move nor speak, nevertheless he thinks, acts, and wills in the manner I have described. I left him about five minutes ago, and he is now occupied in dictating his will to two notaries.
“But to do this he must have spoken?”
“He has done better than that.  He has made himself understood.
(from The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas)wrench-fig01_x005