O who will show me those delights on high? Echo.
Thou Echo, thou art mortal, all men know. Echo.
—George Herbert (1593-1633), "Heaven"
Someone asks a question. A voice answers — but not in its own words, just repeating the last few words of the first person's question.
- Echos from the Boogiepop novel can only communicate like this.
- In the Serendipity Books series of children's picture books, there's a story of a short-tempered baby elephant who mistakes echoes for a person and gets in a pointless argument with them.
- Done subtly in the Edgar Allan Poe story "Never Bet the Devil Your Head":
"What right," said I, "had the old gentleman to make any other gentleman jump? The little old dot-and-carry-one! who is he? If he asks me to jump, I won't do it, that's flat, and I don't care who the devil he is." The bridge, as I say, was arched and covered in, in a very ridiculous manner, and there was a most uncomfortable echo about it at all times-an echo which I never before so particularly observed as when I uttered the four last words of my remark.
- The aria "Treues Echo dieser Orten" from J.S. Bach's secular cantata Hercules auf dem Scheidewege. Much of the music of this cantata, including this aria, was adapted into the fourth part of the Christmas Oratorio.