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The door couldn't muffle him, and the wall couldn't muffle him," Benjamin rejoined.
So that, through their zeal for him, they had all conspired, so far as in them lay, to muffle up the knowledge of this thing from others; and hence it was, that not till a considerable interval had elapsed, did it transpire upon the Pequod's decks.
What interested Martin Plath of Hamburg University in Germany and his colleagues was what happens when muffles adapt to life in a pitch-black cave.