The different types of silence.

from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster fiction ~1 min read

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? ... Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause in a roomful of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're all alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful, if you listen carefully.

—Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth, p. -1