"No," came the answer, muted by a sob.
They normally were, and if they weren't, their screaming was muted by the magic of their cells.
There is not room for one together with an independent violoncello part; the wonderful use of muted solo violoncellos in the slow movement of the Pastoral Symphony being a special effect, like the earlier instance in Haydn's 12th Salomon Symphony.
It was muted black, made out of material smoother than silk that draped over her arm like a second skin.
She rested against the door, jarred when the flash of a grey knife crossed inches before her eyes, followed by a muted thunk as the weapon buried itself in the door.