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Today's Stichomancy for David Letterman

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bureaucracy by Honore de Balzac:

ambition? The secret of knowing how to govern is to know those heads well, and either to chop them off or buy them. I don't know how much talent I have, but I know that I have ambition; and you are committing a serious blunder when you set aside a man who wishes you well. The anointed head dazzles for the time being, but what next?--Why, a war of words; discussions will spring up once more and grow embittered, envenomed. Then, for your own sake, I advise you not to find me at the Left Centre. In spite of your prefect's manoeuvres (instructions for which no doubt went from here confidentially) I am secure of a majority. The time has come for you and me to understand each other. After a breeze like this people sometimes become closer friends than

The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from King Lear by William Shakespeare:

A plot upon her virtuous husband's life, And the exchange my brother! Here in the sands Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified Of murtherous lechers; and in the mature time With this ungracious paper strike the sight Of the death-practis'd Duke, For him 'tis well That of thy death and business I can tell. Glou. The King is mad. How stiff is my vile sense, That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract. So should my thoughts be sever'd from my griefs,

King Lear
The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:

outline; she awakened desire; it seemed to me that there was some passion in her yet stronger than love. I was taken with her. It was a long while since my heart had throbbed; so I was paid then and there-- for I would give a thousand francs for a sensation that should bring me back memories of youth.

" ' "Monsieur," she said, finding a chair for me, "will you be so good as to wait?"

" ' "Until this time to-morrow, madame," I said, folding up the bill again. "I cannot legally protest this bill any sooner." And within myself I said--"Pay the price of your luxury, pay for your name, pay for your ease, pay for the monopoly which you enjoy! The rich have