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Today's Stichomancy for Donald Rumsfeld

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:

philosophes e Rome se tuent?

TIGELLIN. Il y en a qui se tuent, Seigneur. Ce sont les Stoiciens. Ce sont de gens tres grossiers. Enfin, ce sont des gens tres ridicules. Moi, je les trouve tres ridicules.

HERODE. Moi aussi. C'est ridicule de se tuer.

TIGELLIN. On rit beaucoup d'eux e Rome. L'empereur a fait un poeme satirique contre eux. On le recite partout.

HERODE. Ah! il a fait un poeme satirique contre eux? Cesar est merveilleux. Il peut tout faire . . . C'est etrange qu'il se soit tue, le jeune Syrien. Je le regrette. Oui, je le regrette beaucoup. Car il etait beau. Il etait meme tres beau. Il avait

The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:

"I'm not sure," the young man began. "The statue is hard and cold; the girl is warm and soft. Her flesh yields when I press; the marble does not."

"You have learned well," concluded the philosopher, "and if each of you remembers and lives by these truths, you will have a happy life together."

How Sir Philo Married a Beautiful Princess Instead of the Woman He Loved

Once upon a time--and it had to be pretty long ago, as you will see--there lived a bunch of people in a little inland kingdom. The king, Cleon the Modest, was basically a good fellow, though he was

The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from La Grande Breteche by Honore de Balzac:

And without finishing his sentence, the lanky notary looked at me with an air of triumph; I made him quite happy by offering him my congratulations.

" 'Monsieur,' I said in conclusion, 'you have so vividly impressed me that I fancy I see the dying woman whiter than her sheets; her glittering eyes frighten me; I shall dream of her to-night.--But you must have formed some idea as to the instructions contained in that extraordinary will.'

" 'Monsieur,' said he, with comical reticence, 'I never allow myself to criticise the conduct of a person who honors me with the gift of a diamond.'

La Grande Breteche