Sadness has a lot to do with love in "Spring in Fialta," or at least a lot to do with that messy, ambiguous feeling of longing that we may or may not choose to label with the four-letter "L" word. Every chance romantic encounter is followed by a good-bye, a desire for more, a sense of jealousy and frustrated possessiveness. Sadness pervades the reflective tone of the story, and in this way is also tied to memory. Nostalgia in itself involves melancholy, so this story, composed of a series of recollections, explores the ache of memory.
Nina’s death is not tragic because her life is over, but rather because Victor’s relationship with her has ended.
The comic playfulness in "Spring in Fialta" undermines the story’s tragedy.