When Silence Is Not Acceptance

In the tutorials so far, an offeree who accepts has always taken some definite, affirmative step in the form of a promise or a performance.

What happens if the offeree does nothing, if the offeree's response is simply silence? With some exceptions, silence is not acceptance.

An example illustrates the point.

Suppose Victoria sends Victor an unsolicited letter offering to purchase his condo. Victor has no interest at all in selling his condo and does not respond in any way to the letter. Victoria was entirely unknown to Victor prior to his receiving the letter.

Victor has not accepted Victoria's offer.

Victor has accepted Victor's offer.