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Passage I

"A destiny that leads the English to the Dutch is strange enough; but one that leads from Epsom into Pennsylvania, and thence into the hills that shut in Altamont over the proud coral cry of the cock, and the soft stone smile of an angel, is touched by that dark miracle of chance which makes new magic in a dusty world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: subtract us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas.

"The seed of our destruction will blossom in the desert, the alexin of our cure grows by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a Georgia slattern, because a London cutpurse went unhung. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like flies, buzz home to death, and every moment is a window on all time.

"This is a moment."

With Prompts

"A destiny that leads the (Occupation) to the (Noun) is strange enough; but one that leads from (Location in NC) into (Noun), and thence into the hills that (Verb) in Altamont (Preposition) the proud (Color) cry of the (Body Part), and the soft stone smile of an (Animal), is touched by that dark (Foreign Phrase) which makes (Adjective) magic in a (Genre of Film) world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: (Verb) us into (Element of Craft) and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the (Favorite Curse Word) that ended yesterday in (Fictional Place).

"The seed of our (Emotion) will blossom in the (Location in NC), the (Type of Liquid) of our cure (Verb) by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a (Adjective) slattern, because a London (Occupation) went (Verb (Past Tense)). Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like (Sporting Action), (Verb) home to (Location in NC), and every moment is a (Food Item) on all time.

"This is a moment."

 
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