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I can understand the usage of 当然のように if it was used e.g. to describe the way that someone said something, but I do not quite understand how to interpret it in the below. What is the difference in nuance that it adds to the fact that there was so response?

「そもそもお前、爆睡していなかったか?」 食前にも一応声を掛けてるんだが、当然のように返事はなかった。

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当然のように in this sentence means "naturally" or "unsurprisingly" (used as a sentence adverb).

…が、当然のように返事はなかった。
..., but, unsurprisingly, there was no response (at that point).

当然のように also means "as if it were a matter of course" or "as if it were nothing to him/her", especially when it modifies 言う or similar verbs.

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