The Silent Woman is a novel by Rita. Rita aka Eliza Humphreys was an English novelist. Excerpt: "From time to time he gazed curiously at the silent figure on the settle. Had it been carved out of wood or stone it could not have been more silent, more motionless. The white face, the white hair, the white cap, threw up into stronger contrast the black dress and the stiff erect figure. The young man looked and looked and looked again, watching for some sign of life, some notice of his presence. None came. The woman might have been dumb as well as deaf, blind as well as speechless, for any sign of consciousness she gave."