Clotho Forbids
Brian E. Denton
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A certain calmness about destiny may be characteristic of Russian culture. In 4338 (the far future imaged by Odoevsky in the 1830s) a comet is approaching Earth and may be about to destroy everything. The narrator (a Chinese visitor to Saint Petersburg) notes that the most typical reaction was to carry on as normal, perhaps just reflecting the topic in the design of hats:

Most people however, were just discussing their affairs and their plans for the future as if nothing was going to change. Some of the women were wearing bonnets “a la comete” {that’s French for comet style}. They consisted of a small electrical gizmo that constantly scattered sparks around.

In case you were wondering, my comments on days 195 to 215 are written from the perspective of the 44th century.