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  1. This steikes me as a small way of understanding what I consider somewhat consistent pessimism of many people from Western Slavic countries, assuming of course that they share the same or similar fairy tales. On the other hand, it also explains the impertinent optimism of Americans at large.

    1. T — Yes, exactly, Rabbit is displaying his dawning awareness that his initial impression of life in Central Europe has been inadequate & simplistic. His American tendency to see only charm and myth in the cultural & physical trappings of European history means he has, at times, been walking around in a “fairy tale” world of his own imagining, but now he is starting to get a sense of the realities of street-level life in EU. — M

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