Hervé, one of our most faithful readers refers to it as looking for God in peoples’ faces. It’s absence is the disposition of sadness and gloom, the expression of powerlessness and a lack of free will over one’s life.
I remember it vividly in the days before the Berlin Wall fell, and one sees it in the most Socialist corners of Western Europe where much is expected from government in society and very little is expected from individuals.
The one and only Valerie takes on one gloomy Gus at a time and succeeds. Way to go, Val!