filling up each pause

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The context comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 14

We were, as I have said, in the dining-room: the lustre, which had been lit for dinner, filled the room with a festal breadth of light; the large fire was all red and clear; the purple curtains hung rich and ample before the lofty window and loftier arch; everything was still, save the subdued chat of Adèle (she dared not speak loud), and, filling up each pause, the beating of winter rain against the panes.
Hi everyone! I don't understand "filling up each pause" here. I guess it means "the continual beating of winter rain against the panes". But I'm not sure. :confused:
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