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There seems to be a repeated emphasis on the quality of silence in various situations. Maybe this is another reference to negative space?

  • The quality of silence in the canoe, from the absence of speech to a reverential hush. (343)
  • Indifferent silence (vi) (Thanks, Adam)
  • Silent as the dead (29)
  • A funereal silence (45)
  • Evolving silence (118)
  • A heavy, beaten silence (119)
  • Stenfalk’s death is perfectly, maddeningly silent (175)
  • S experiences a different sort of silence (399)
  • Conspiratorial silence (409)
  • Sola’s silence contains a reply (434)
  • Dead silence after the old agent makes his introduction of EVVI (437)
  • Settled silence as the voices in S’s head finally cease (450)

Other references to silence…

  • Nemec, Pfeifer’s new name, means mute or silence. Contrast this with Pfeifer, which means piper or flutter player. (Thanks, Adam Laceky).
  • In The Territory, S encounters a baby – an infant – the child of Anca and Waqar. The word infant means not speaking. (Thanks again, Adam Lacekcy).
  • Straka is unable to hear sounds in certain frequencies (Fn3, p45).
  • The immigrant who rents the barrel organ is tone deaf (p8). He is also unable to communicate with the organ owner due to language barriers.
  • The Winter City – no one can speak to or hear each other even though they can almost see each other (Adam Laceky).
  • Maelstrom is “free to speak” while his crew is not.
  • Stenfalk is unable to speak due to a fit of coughing (p86).
  • S’s memory is silent abou his past.
  • S and Sola have difficulty speaking directly to each other for most of the book.
  • FXC claims to have a tin ear (p307). (Adam Laceky)

Do you see other references to silence? Comment below…