How does Ellen differ from the men in Harold Pinter's play Silence?

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Ellen is younger than the two men. In addition, contrary to the two men in the play, Bates and Rumsey, Ellen is described as oblivious to the reality around her. While Rumsey and Bates catch the different components and events of the contexts they walk through whether urban or rural, Ellen clearly states that she passes next to people without noticing them and that it is only afterwards that she has memories of them, although she is not sure whether these are "of to-day, of yesterday or of a long time ago". Contrary to the emotional outbursts of the two men, Ellen always keeps relatively unemotional even in her despair. She has lyrical and poetic moments, but she is never sentimental. As she seems to be the one character who is most capable of feeling happiness, she is also the most deeply scarred by life's adversities.