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Today's Stichomancy for Leonard Cohen

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare:

Saying, some shape in Sinon's was abus'd; So fair a form lodged not a mind so ill: And still on him she gaz'd; and gazing still, Such signs of truth in his plain face she spied, That she concludes the picture was belied.

'It cannot be,' quoth she, 'that so much guile'-- (She would have said) 'can lurk in such a look;' But Tarquin's shape came in her mind the while, And from her tongue 'can lurk' from 'cannot' took; 'It cannot be' she in that sense forsook, And turn'd it thus: 'It cannot be, I find,

The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Glasses by Henry James:

tried to paint her. Poor Iffield with his sample of that error, and still poorer Dawling in particular with HIS! I hadn't touched her, I was professionally humiliated, and as the attendant in the lobby opened her box for me I felt that the very first thing I should have to say to her would be that she must absolutely sit to me again.


She gave me the smile once more as over her shoulder, from her chair, she turned her face to me. "Here you are again!" she exclaimed with her disgloved hand put up a little backward for me to take. I dropped into a chair just behind her and, having taken

The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Treasure Island