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Today's Stichomancy for Edgar Allan Poe

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells:

by these changes.

`Social triumphs, too, had been effected. I saw mankind housed in splendid shelters, gloriously clothed, and as yet I had found them engaged in no toil. There were no signs of struggle, neither social nor economical struggle. The shop, the advertisement, traffic, all that commerce which constitutes the body of our world, was gone. It was natural on that golden evening that I should jump at the idea of a social paradise. The difficulty of increasing population had been met, I guessed, and population had ceased to increase.

`But with this change in condition comes inevitably


The Time Machine
The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:

shall be no separation; there are the children. I will not kill M. de Trailles. I might miss him if we fought, and as for other ways of getting rid of him, I should come into collision with the law. If I killed him in your arms, it would bring dishonor on THOSE children. But if you do not want to see your children perish, nor their father nor me, you must first of all submit to two conditions. Answer me. Have I a child of my own?' I answered, 'Yes,'--'Which?'--'Ernest, our eldest boy.'--'Very well,' he said, 'and now swear to obey me in this particular from this time forward.' I swore. 'You will make over your property to me when I require you to do so.' "


Father Goriot
The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Somebody's Little Girl by Martha Young:

Then Sister Angela looked at Sister Theckla and said: ``Where did the child learn that, do you suppose?''

And Sister Theckla said: ``She is older than the others. She must have learned it at home!''

And Sister Angela and Sister Theckla came into the room and they said: ``See, now, what you have done to the windows!''

Sure enough, when the little girls looked at the windows the glass was all dim and blurred with little damp finger-prints!

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