Speech representation considers the means by which a narrator depicts a character's thoughts and speech acts. There are several options available to a narrator for doing so, and these can be categorized as either moments of diegesis or moments of mimesis. Diegisis refers to the narrator's discourse, and diegetic speech representation means simply that a narrator summarizes, in his or her own voice, the thoughts and words of a character. Mimesis, on the other hand, refers to the discourse of a character, and moments of mimetic speech representation are meant to reproduce, as if verbatim, the thoughts and words of a character. The three major types of speech representation are direct speech, indirect speech, and free indirect speech.