I seem to have gotten past the point where my characters were not talking to each other, and instead exchanging meaningful looks. I wanted to reach in and strangle them.
“Hey, guys, this is a verbal medium, not a visual one, say something!”
On a side note, “dorst” is an agricultural term referencing “dorse” which is a prickly nuisance plant that can only be gotten rid of by burning. Nowadays, it’s even worse, since it’s considered an endangered species, and burning it is illegal. 😉