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The crowd, suddenly there where there was nothing before, is a mysterious anduniversal phenomenon. A few people may have been standing together -- five, tenor twelve, nor more; nothing has been announced, nothing is expected. Suddenlyeverywhere is black with people and more come streaming from all sides as thoughstreets had only one direction. Most of them do not know what has happened and, if questioned, have no answer; but they hurry to be there where most otherpeople are. There is a determination in their movement which is quite differentfrom the expression of ordinary curiosity. It seems as through the movement of some of them transmits itself to all the others. But that is not all; they havea goal which is there before they can find words for it. -p 16Crowd crystals are the small, rigid groups of men, strictly delimited and ofgreat constancy, which serve to precipitate crowds. Their structure is such that they can be comprehended and taken in at a glance. Their unity is moreimportant than their size. -p 73From Elias Canetti's "Crowds and Power" (1962).