In The Drop there is a conversation between Marv and his wife (not sure):

The other day, I picked up his hand and put it on my cheek. And I could hear his blood.

What does he mean by "hear his blood"?

  • Er, the pulse in his wrist, I reckon? What else could it be?
    – Walt
    Jan 29, 2017 at 10:33

1 Answer 1


There are a couple of observations that can be made in the order of depth:

  1. The speaker could hear the blood flowing in his veins.
  2. In order to hear one's bloodflow, you either need a stethoscope or a VERY quiet environment. This implies they were together alone in a silent room.
  3. Even in a fairly quiet environment, it is unlikely that one would be able to hear the blood flowing through someone's arm. Pulse can be heard, but the blood flow itself is not something you hear without concentrating. It is quite likely that the speaker was not distracted, and had their undivided attention on the other person.
  4. You don't put someone's hand on your ear just like that. The situation seems to be quite emotional.

More quotes would be required to understand the full context.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .