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Today's Stichomancy for John Von Neumann

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:

The pride and the bitterness needed to meet The occasion with dignity due and discreet.


"Madam,"--thus he began with a voice reassured,-- "You see that your latest command has secured My immediate obedience--presuming I may Consider my freedom restored from this day."-- "I had thought," said Lucile, with a smile gay yet sad, "That your freedom from me not a fetter has had. Indeed! . . . in my chains have you rested till now? I had not so flattered myself, I avow!"

The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton:

Branch had given him. Apart from the pleasure of looking at her and listening to her--of enjoying in her what others less discriminatingly but as liberally appreciated--he had the sense, between himself and her, of a kind of free-masonry of precocious tolerance and irony. They had both, in early youth, taken the measure of the world they happened to live in: they knew just what it was worth to them and for what reasons, and the community of these reasons lent to their intimacy its last exquisite touch. And now, because of some jealous whim of a dissatisfied fool of a woman, as to whom he felt himself no more to blame than any young man who has paid for good dinners by

The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Rezanov by Gertrude Atherton:

you? Why do you ask me such a question?"

"Because I lit a candle at the Mission to-day that you might realize it," he answered, smiling.

To his surprise he saw a flash of terror in her eyes before she dropped them, and felt her shiver. But she answered coldly:

"You have wasted a candle, senor. I have never had a wish that was not instantly gratified. But I thank you for the kind thought. Will you finish this waltz with my friend, and the fiancee of Luis, Rafaella Sal? She has quarrelled with Luis, I see;