"The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts."

Chapter summary

The first silence

A hollow echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking:

  • The lack of wind
  • The lack of a crowd
  • The lack of music

The second silence

A small sullen silence which added to the larger hollow one. Caused by men huddled at one corner of the bar, drinking with quiet determination. It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.

The third silence

You might feel it in the wooden floor, the rough splintering barrels, the weight of the black stone hearth and in the movement of a white linen cloth rubbing along the bar.

For further clarification see A Silence of Three Parts