The mood among the victorious No voters on the streets of Edinburgh was one of relief rather than elation today.
Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom by a wider margin than many expected.
As the city went about its business on a misty, drizzly morning, and commuters picked early morning coffee, there were no Union Jack flags waving, or car horns hooting. Triumphalism of any sort was absent.
In the city centre near Edinburgh University, Jane Campbell tried to be magnanimous in victory.
"There are a lot of people in Scotland with their dreams shattered," said the No voter. "I do feel sorry for them."
Until around 10.30 last night, when a voting day opinion poll was released showing No ahead, the dream of an independent Scotland still seemed possible.
When the results came in the Yes voters in the pubs were so caught up in the emotion of it all that they could not quite believe that they had lost.
Yes supporter Jonathon McAllister said he was "sad, angry, heartbroken, stunned,disappointed, sick, gutted ...and lots more".
But Samantha Murphy, who had just arrived into town on her morning commute soon after dawn, told me: "It's time for the independence campaigners to let it go.
"This has been settled for a generation, and I don't we'll another vote like this in our lifetime. Intelligence has won out over emotion."
On her bus ride into town, she had been checking Facebook "I saw Yes voters on Facebook who were now complaining that they were ashamed to be Scottish. Only yesterday they were waving Saltire flags."
In the end the Bravehearts on the Yes side, who made their presence felt right across the city centre throughout the campaign, were overcome by a silent foe.
The supporters of the union wore fewer badges, did not wrap themselves in flags, but they used their power at the ballot box to deadly effect.