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At the end of the story why doesn't Sylvia speak, or why she cannot speak

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At the end of the story why doesn't Sylvia speak, or why she cannot speak

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It's hard to catch, but there are clues that suggest that Sylvia has become mute by the end of the story, after falling ill.  Since she won't live too long after the story ends, she doesn't feel like she needs the hunter's money.

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