What are some subtle ways to describe a fragile, recovering society? My setting is a decade or so after an enormous, continent-spanning war that left millions dead. It's based around an academy beside a town. How do you convey the feeling of shaky unease mixed with cautious optimism that follows such a devastating war? Even better, how do you subtly imply that despite the post-war propaganda, the winners were certainly not good people? In short, what does society-wide denial look like?