How does Stevenson use silence to show the characters' unwillingness to speak in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
Stevenson will have his characters walk in silence as they compose their thoughts, such as in the following passage where Utterson tries to absorb Mr. Enfield's telling him that the man who ran over the child was Mr. Hyde:
Mr. Utterson again walked some way in silence and obviously under a weight of consideration.
Another instance comes when both Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield see something in the window at Dr. Jekyll's that leaves them speechless:
In silence, too, they traversed the by-street; and it was not until they had come into a neighbouring thoroughfare, where even upon a Sunday there were still some stirrings of life, that Mr. Utterson at last turned and looked at his companion.
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