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Tony Morimoto Cries on Lot 49

Communication is essential to the novel, but the means to which these characters communicate stands out. W.A.S.T.E. is one of the main secrets kept throughout the novel. Interestingly, their symbol is introduced on page 38 as a trumpet with a mute in it. Does this have any connection to the lack of communication throughout the novel? For example the American Deaf-Mute Assembly on page 80. If so, what does this secrecy emphasize in the novel?