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“Now, the windows in those flats are triple-glazed or something. They’re designed to keep the heat and the air conditioning in, and the noise of the hoi polloi out. By the time we were interviewing her, the street below was full of panda cars and neighbors, but you’d never have known it from up there except for the flashing blue lights. We could’ve been inside a fucking pyramid for all the noise that got inside that place.”

How would you explain the last sentence: We could’ve been inside a fucking pyramid for all the noise that got inside that place?
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    If you're inside a pyramid, you're not going to hear any noise. He's saying that no noise got through at all, and it was very quiet. He's basically praising (talking good about) the windows because, usually, normal windows let in a lot of noise.

     

    The writer is suggesting the flat was so quiet you could confuse it for being a different, very quite place. In this case he suggests a pyramid which, given it is a tomb to a dead person, would be very quiet. There may be other reasons he uses pyramid for the comparison but I don't know much about them to be sure (personally I don't think it is a good comparison, space (as in outer space) would be much quieter and more likely to be associated with quietness by more people).

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