The term Zone of silence returns as the title of Chapter VII, the first third of the book but without referring to the hospital area and the sign was planted. Enigmatically, this chapter deals with two eating places, or sit like the narrator. The first, the stalls of the witness is a tavern or a small population plays the races, and where the narrator is so much to write, to call my ghosts and my shadow (PS, 752). There he met the Sri Lankan middle class, young, male, single and over-playing a Western modernity..
The second place is described between the first and he called Oriental Patissery, and is the headquarters of a far-left movement, led by intellectuals who opt for traditional clothing habits, and promote, on the model of Gandhi, a meeting between Marxism and a form of rejection of the West.
Neither the stalls of the witness nor the Oriental Patissery are quiet places. So why this chapter entitled Quiet Zone?
In both cases, it seems like it Bouvier mean that it is precisely in the areas of friendliness, warmth, freedom of speech and political debate, the narrator realizes his inability to get in touch with the people local. These shops seem to appear rather a place of solitude or the traveler is aware of its absence: The calm: I could fall apart, nose in my saucer and no one outside the cockroaches would advise for a long time (PS, 752). Under these circumstances it collects for the first time that appearances are hollow and do not hide a lack of vitality terrifying: the warmth is a jovial funebre (PS, 757), discussions of peroration spectral (PS, 758), and these deceptions remain despite all the last defense before the next logical that a glimpse Bouvier life devoid of any entertainment Pascal minimum: we could all, and right away we decided peacefully throat (PS, 758). The zone of silence, in this chapter, designer seems the outside world as a whole, as being ghostly and mostly illusory. Silence, here, is the depressive episode traveler’s unable to move, assistant has landed his own collapse in the loss of use of the word.