…If there’s a noise in the woods, and there’s nobody around to hear it, is it really a noise?” “Of course it is,” she replied calmly. “How did you reach that conclusion?” Beldin demanded. “Because there’s no such thing as an empty place, uncle. There are always creatures around –wild animals, mice, insects, birds –and they can all hear.” “But what if there weren’t? What if the woods are truly empty?” “Why waste your time talking about an impossibility?