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Today's Stichomancy for Robert A. Heinlein

The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Dreams by Olive Schreiner:

God took me to the edge of that world. It ended. I looked down. The gulf, it seemed to me, was fathomless, and then I saw two bridges crossing it that both sloped upwards.

I said to God, "Is there no other way by which men cross it?"

God said, "One; it rises far from here and slopes straight upwards.

I asked God what the bridges' names were.

God said, "What matter for the names? Call them the Good, the True, the Beautiful, if you will--you will yet not understand them."

I asked God how it was I could not see the third.

God said, "It is seen only by those who climb it."

I said, "Do they all lead to one heaven?"

The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:

tion to which we must continually aspire, un- daunted by partial failure.

"There is nothing wrong in not living up to the ideal which you have made for yourself, but what is wrong is, if on looking back, you cannot see that you have made the least step nearer to your ideal."

How far Tolstoy's doctrines may influence suc- ceeding generations it is impossible to foretell; but when time has extinguished what is merely personal or racial, the divine spark which he re-

The Forged Coupon
The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

be crowned today we have no time to lose."

Butzow smiled a relieved smile. The king had at last regained his senses!

Within the ancient cathedral at Lustadt a great and gor- geously attired assemblage had congregated. All the nobles of Lutha were gathered there with their wives, their chil- dren, and their retainers. There were the newer nobility of the lowlands--many whose patents dated but since the regency of Peter--and there were the proud nobility of the highlands--the old nobility of which Prince Ludwig von der Tann was the chief.

The Mad King