"It was silent outside. Carlson's footsteps died away. The silence came into the room. And the silence lasted. George chuckle…" page 48 on edition published by penguin books.
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Answered by jill d #170087
I would say this was a silence of discomfiture. Calrson just took Candy's dog away to shoot him....... there was nothing to say. The people in the room were uncomfortable and quiet.
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