Cautious optimism sneaks up on Wall Street

Trying to find a silver lining in the current economic mess requires a hefty helping of iron-clad Pollyanna optimism, coupled with a lot of imagination. Even so, there's something to be said for shared outrage; in the last few months, glancing at strangers on the subway or in a restaurant, it's been pretty easy to read minds. Even on Wall Street, where suddenly shy money men and bagged lunches have forced many restaurants to close, one could almost feel the undertone of outrage and disbelief.

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