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Today's Stichomancy for Antonio Banderas

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Mosses From An Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne:

the preservation of his life. Reuben was internally convinced that he should see Malvin's living face no more. His generous nature would fain have delayed him, at whatever risk, till the dying scene were past; but the desire of existence and the hope of happiness had strengthened in his heart, and he was unable to resist them.

"It is enough," said Roger Malvin, having listened to Reuben's promise. "Go, and God speed you!"

The youth pressed his hand in silence, turned, and was departing. His slow and faltering steps, however, had borne him but a little way before Malvin's voice recalled him.


Mosses From An Old Manse
The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Sportsman by Xenophon:

indiscipline, they have many a fault to find with him who is well educated.

[20] Lit. "the sorriest of mankind these by nature."

[21] Or, "virtuous argument"; {logois agathois}, lit. "good words."

Through the instrumentality of such as these nothing can go well; whereas every blessing which mankind enjoys has been discovered by the efforts of the nobler sort. Nobler, I say, are those who choose to toil.[22]

[22] Or, "of choice spirits; and who are the choice spirits?--Clearly those who choose to toil."

And this has been proved conclusively by a notable example. If we look

The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:

liberty, their fanatical devotion to their chiefs, their blind fidelity in friendship and hate--all their lawful and unlawful instincts. Their country of land and water--for the sea was as much their country as the earth of their islands--has fallen a prey to the western race--the reward of superior strength if not of superior virtue. To-morrow the advancing civilization will obliterate the marks of a long struggle in the accomplishment of its inevitable victory.

The adventurers who began that struggle have left no descendants. The ideas of the world changed too quickly for that. But even far into the present century they have had successors. Almost in our


The Rescue