I Closed My Eyes
The earbuds in.
Just then I heard loud, sustained applause, without vocalization of any kind. Neither "yays" nor "bravos," not even the movement of feet, or a cough suppressed only so long as the performance neared its climax.
Here's the thing. The sound of the applause was completely indistinguishable from the sound of a heavy rain that comes on, at once, with a strong, fast-moving front, in the dog days and evenings of August.