March 13th, 2009

blue legacy

in vain we dissemble

thursday lxxxiii

the second line, divided, shows one who is firm as a rock. he sees a thing without waiting until it has come to pass.
the fourth line, undivided, shows him from whom the harmony and satisfaction come. great is the success which he obtains. let him not allow suspicions to enter his mind, and thus friends will gather around him.

the card in the center represents the present status or challenge of the relationship. union, when reversed: something vitally important to you refuses to come together. discord between male and female forces, or inner and outer life. holding back. incompleteness. fear of intimacy or self-sacrifice.

their limbs fail--their teeth are loosened--their voice is lost and they are left, after giving happiness to others, in a most disconsolate state. the public were liberal and generous to those deserving their protection. it was a sad thing to be dependent on the favour, or, he might say, in plain terms, on the caprice, of the public; and this more particularly for a class of persons of whom extreme prudence is not the character. there might be instances of opportunities being neglected.

the purple morning left her crimson bed,
and donned her robes of pure vermilion hue,
her amber locks she crowned with roses red,
in eden's flowery gardens gathered new.
when through the camp a murmur shrill was spread,
arm, arm, they cried; arm, arm, the trumpets blew,
their merry noise prevents the joyful blast,
so hum small bees, before their swarms they cast.

he saw the skeleton of an animal which had been torn to pieces by the eagles, a large skeleton lying on its side.

the whole way from the rue de la victoire to the boulevard a perfect torrent of venomous words poured from his mouth like a waterfall in flood; but as the shocking language which he used on occasion was quite unfit to print, the report is necessarily inadequate.

the card represents the critical factor for the issue at hand. the star: blessedness. tranquility. beauty.

i spent the day with her out-of-doors; i arranged with her, to her great satisfaction, that it should be she, she only, who might show me the place. she showed it step by step and room by room and secret by secret, with droll, delightful, childish talk about it and with the result, in half an hour, of our becoming immense friends. young as she was, i was struck, throughout our little tour, with her confidence and courage with the way, in empty chambers and dull corridors, on crooked staircases that made me pause and even on the summit of an old machicolated square tower that made me dizzy, her morning music, her disposition to tell me so many more things than she asked, rang out and led me on. i have not seen bly since the day i left it, and i daresay that to my older and more informed eyes it would now appear sufficiently contracted. but as my little conductress, with her hair of gold and her frock of blue, danced before me round corners and pattered down passages, i had the view of a castle of romance inhabited by a rosy sprite, such a place as would somehow, for diversion of the young idea, take all color out of storybooks and fairytales. wasn't it just a storybook over which i had fallen adoze and adream? no; it was a big, ugly, antique, but convenient house, embodying a few features of a building still older, half-replaced and half-utilized, in which i had the fancy of our being almost as lost as a handful of passengers in a great drifting ship. well, i was, strangely, at the helm!

in all souls a like number of frequently recurring experiences have gained the upper hand over those occurring more rarely: about these matters people understand one another rapidly and always more rapidly.

i repeated to myself "what does it all mean?"

i sought to group the letters so as to form words. quite impossible! when i put them together by twos, threes, fives or sixes, nothing came of it but nonsense. to be sure the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth letters made the english word 'ice'; the eighty-third and two following made 'sir'; and in the midst of the document, in the second and third lines, i observed the words, "rots," "mutabile," "ira," "net," "atra."

"all france persists in thinking that the elster, where it is impossible to get drowned, is an impetuous flood, in which poniatowski and his followers were engulfed. but in the midst of all this i am very unhappy, madame."

a tear of rage fell from his eyes and affected the countess.

"you men have such a passion for singularity."

"and you?" said thaddeus.
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"it is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent man to death once in a way." moses maimonides (1135-1204)

"mallen reuera vigita facino rosos mortem pietate euadere, quã iustu unu condempari."
{"one would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally."}
-- england's chief justice sir john fortescue, de laudibus legum angliae (c. 1470)

"it were better that ten suspected witches should escape, than that the innocent person should be condemned."
increase mather (october 3, 1692)

"it is better [one hundred] guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer"
-- benjamin franklin, letter to benjamin vaughan (mar. 14, 1785)

"i'd rather let a thousand guilty men go free than chase after them."
-- chief wiggum, the simpsons [episode saddlesore galactica]

but cf.

"it is better that ten innocent men suffer than one guilty man escape."
-- german chancellor otto von bismarck (c. ????)

"when you cut down the forest, woodchips fly."
-- russian proverb

"we must be on guard against those sentimental exaggerations which tend to give crime impunity, under the pretext of insuring the safety of innocence. public applause has been, so to speak, set up to auction. at first it was said to be better to save several guilty men, than to condemn a single innocent man; others, to make the maxim more striking, fix the number ten; a third made this ten a hundred, and a fourth made it a thousand. all these candidates for the prize of humanity have been outstripped by i know not how many writers, who hold, that, in no case, ought an accused person to be condemned, unless evidence amount to mathematical or absolute certainty. according to this maxim, nobody ought to be punished, lest an innocent man be punished."
--jeremy bentham (not john locke) (c. ????)
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