In Beethoven's time, walking or riding a horse was the primary method of getting from point A to B. Though Vienna may have been a bustling metropolis during his day, his perception of time would certainly be different.
To illustrate this point, imagine a sculpture of a lion that exists at the front of a building. If you walk toward that sculpture, you might see it about two blocks away, and it might be in your sight for three minutes. You pick up more details about it as you get closer.
Now, contrast that experience with riding in a car. If you're driving, you may not even notice the sculpture, or catch it out of the corner of your eye as you go past. If you are a passenger, you may see it, but for 15 seconds.
What if you're flying? Well, most likely, you can't even see the sculpture at all.
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