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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The link between the bear and liminality in The Winter's Tale echoes one more school of thought about the imaginary coastline of Bohemia. Prochzka's formulation of the liminal nature of heterotopias like Shakespeare's Bohemia brings to the fore one of the most important elements of the decision to swap Sicilia and Bohemia in the play. The connection between the real Sicily and Bohemia may have been that both were perceived as liminal spaces between east and west. Bohemia's liminality was more recent, arising out of the Ottoman expansion into Central Europe. Each traveler used the narration of their travel experiences to the question constructs of east and the west as well as contemporary map-making conventions, by placing Bohemia at the center of their mental map.