that is how things happen in french stage-coaches. in other countries customs are very different. englishmen pique themselves on never opening their lips; germans are melancholy in a vehicle; italians too wary to talk; spaniards have no public conveyances; and russians no roads. there is no amusement except in the lumbering diligences of france, that gabbling and indiscreet country, where every one is in a hurry to laugh and show his wit, and where jest and epigram enliven all things, even the poverty of the lower classes and the weightier cares of the solid bourgeois. in a coach there is no police to check tongues, and legislative assemblies have set the fashion of public discussion.
an hour later when the conversation began to lag, gerald, with a guile that belied the wide innocence of his bright blue eyes, proposed a game. as the night wore on and the drinks went round, there came a time when all the others in the game laid down their hands and gerald and the stranger were battling alone. the stranger shoved in all his chips and followed with the deed to his plantation. gerald shoved in all his chips and laid on top of them his wallet. if the money it contained happened to belong to the firm of o’hara brothers, gerald’s conscience was not sufficiently troubled to confess it before mass the following morning. he knew what he wanted, and when gerald wanted something he gained it by taking the most direct route. moreover, such was his faith in his destiny and four deuces that he never for a moment wondered just how the money would be paid back should a higher hand be laid down across the table. in after-thinking of it, i more easily excus’d myself for having made some use of cunning.
then, in my dream, crispy crispy benjamin franklin and the doctor went and had a talk with my boss.
suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.
the present is embodied in hexagram 51 - chen (shock): when the time of movement comes, the subject will be found looking out with apprehension, yet smiling and talking cheerfully. when the movement, like a crash of thunder, terrifies all within a hundred li, he will be like the sincere worshipper, who is not startled into letting go his ladle and cup of sacrificial spirits.
the second line, divided, shows its subject, when the movement approaches, in a position of peril. he judges it better to let go the articles in his possession, and to ascend a very lofty height. there is no occasion for him to pursue the things he has let go, for in seven days he will find them.
the fourth line, undivided, shows its subject, amid the startling movements, supinely sinking deeper in the mud.
the fifth line, divided, shows its subject going and coming amidst the startling movements of the time, and always in peril. perhaps he will not incur loss, and find business which he can accomplish.
the topmost line, divided, show its subject, amidst the startling movements of the time, in breathless dismay and looking round him with trembling apprehension. if he take action, there will be evil. if, while the startling movements have not reached his own person and his neighbourhood, he were to take precautions, there would be no error, though his relatives might still speak against him.
in your private life...
words that embody your presence are "allure, ghost, heroin, husband, jungle, knight, leather, romance, rough, spite, wealth, whore, worm."
words that embody the people or things that you interact with are "atlantis, freemason, knowledge, playboy, society."
words that embody people or things in your periphery are "constellation."
the card at the lower left, represents the first decision along your path. page of cups, when reversed: inclination. deviation. susceptibility. temporary distraction. seduction. a flatterer.
the card to the far left represents the first false path that may lead you astray. the lovers: love. beauty. perfection. harmony. trust. beginning of a romance. deep feeling. optimism. freedom of emotion. the necessity of testing or subjecting to trial. struggle between sacred and profane love. a meaningful affair.
the card in the middle represents the second decision along your path. two of cups (love): love. friendship beginning or renewed. passion. union. engagement. understanding. cooperation. partnership. marriage.
the card at the lower right represents the second false path that may lead you astray. queen of clubs, when reversed: jealousy. deceit. possible infidelity. unstable emotions. fickleness. resistance. opposition.
the card at the top represents one possible mask of your true destination. two of clubs (dominion): mature individual. ruler. attainment of goals and needs. boldness. courage in undertakings. a dominant personality.
pigling bland slept like a top.
sunday clxviii x.x.x