More thoughts. It seems to me that this classic Charley Brown cartoon, like a Harry Potter book, is aimed at the adults more than the children (and aren't they all?). Charley Brown, the protracted fatalist, and Linus the diligent optimist both come fact to face with great disappointment.
Rocks and Pumpkins - and national elections. What are we getting this year? Rocks in our goodie bags? Perhaps. And Roman pillars aside, are so many like Linus waiting in the Pumpkin Patch?