Mead - Chapter 10
In this essay Mead and Métraux seek to give to the lay public an
appreciation of the wide range of definitions, categories, and meanings
that various cultures use to deal with the phenomenon we call time.
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Just before midnight an expectant hush falls on the party gaiety.
Someone throws open a window. In the moment of waiting silence the
thoughts of some turn to the past, while others, making a halfserious
wish or resolution, look to the future. And some only wait impatiently.
Then suddenly the spell is broken as bells ring out, whistles and
sirens blow and the holidaymakers join in the din with their horns and
shouts of "Happy New Year!"