Does Reincarnation exist?

September29

Life between Life
and Past Lives

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”

- William Shakespeare

Reincarnation!!!

Does Reincarnation exist? Why do people believe in Reincarnation?

This is a topic I have read books about and believe in. Reincarnation is considered by some to be the greatest “unknown” scientific discovery of modern times. Asking why people believe in Reincarnation is like asking why people believe in Santa Clause or why they believe in an afterlife? There isn’t necessarily any logic behind it and really there doesn’t have to be any reason at all other than it sounds nice.
People in general need something to believe in. Religious people, spiritual people, atheists: we all need something to believe in. It could be anything from science to the Easter bunny to reincarnation. It gives us hope and a goal to strive toward. Also Because it’s true, mostly and it’s beginning to be accepted as a real possibility by even the most skeptical people and scientists.

If you still don’t believe ask yourself why when trees ‘die’ in winter they ‘come back’ in spring? Flowers too. /Just ignore those bulb things in the Earth/. Lots of insects and amphibians change their form as they develop to.

Take all of that, questions of where our ego comes from when we are born and where it goes when we die, and a huge fear of non-existence and you get a belief in Reincarnation.

I have STRONG Faith in Reincarnation. Reincarnation is one of my favorite topics and over time I have read a ton of books including novels about Reincarnation. While the non-fiction books on past lives are some of my favorites, I do love reading novels that have something about reincarnation (and time travel) as well. I like thinking that you were once someone else, and even though you’re who you are now, there’s no telling if the past of your soul has anything to do with it. Here is the moment to share that because I’ve always been fascinated by the subject /Reincarnation/, I even  wrote a teen fiction novel based on some ideas and real stories /The legend of The Moonstone/. I hope you will enjoyed.

Anyway, Life has so much wonder. /I don’t believe that we Reincarnate into animals or such… only humans, basically to come back to learn until we reach full enlightenment./

“I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna.”
-
Mark Twain

“Finding myself to exist in the world, I believe I shall, in some shape or other, always exist.”
- Benjamin Franklin

“I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again…”
- Socrates

I think the answer of question – Why do people believe in Reincarnation, is really simple. People believe in those concepts that give them some sense of security and purpose in life. They want to believe there is more to life than their own little existence, that there’s something that will keep them alive, the theists have their afterlives, and this lot have reincarnation. It’s nice to think you’ll get another chance at life, that this one life isn’t all that you have.
I am certain that there are some things in which you believe that others find rather mystifying. We all have lessons to learn in our past lives that carry over to our present lives. Maybe we unconsciously chose to be born into our specific families for reasons that will never be known to us. Maybe the lessons we learn in this life will need to be repeated in the next. Who knows… The Universe works in mysterious ways. So why don’t you just consider the idea that the Reincarnation exist!?

So here is my recommendation list of the best novels on reincarnation that I have checked or read so far. As I am reading more, I will be adding to this list. Some stem from real life experiences while others are just novels that entertain – and they definitely entertain and keep me occupied with reading for hours!

Have You Read Any Of These Novels About Reincarnation?

I believe Reincarnation does exist, however, I can’t prove it scientifically.  What is important to understand is that recalling past lives – real or fiction – benefits people in profound and dramatic ways.

Even if you don’t believe in Reincarnation, if you believe that everything happens for a reason, and have faith in God’s plan for you, do you ever wonder or believe did we pick our parents and families and such, to make sure we learn whatever lessons we need to learn in this current life?

What do you think of Reincarnation? Do you believe that such a thing exist? Think deeply…

Best wishes on your journey!

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE by Meglena Ivanova

September16

THE LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE by Meglena Ivanova

With the release of book one of the three books of the Professor Stransky’s incredible stories, I realize there are those who have yet to come aboard and read them. I understand some of the reasons people are hesitant or flat out refuse to read them, but I am here to provide a far from comprehensive list of why you should.

These are 10 of my personal favorite reasons why you should read The Legend of The Moonstone.

1. LETS YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD

With powerful stones, alien creatures, and everything mystical, it is easy to let your imagination run wild when reading the Legend of The Moonstone book. You can imagine the characters and settings the way you want to.

2. YOU WILL CATCH THE LITTLE DETAILS

When reading the books the first time, you had no idea how everything would tie together in the end, but Meglena Ivanova did. She planted little details in each book that connected the ending. Try and look out for them when you are reading the book and admire how discreet they were when you first read the books.

3. THE CHARACTERS ARE GREAT ROLE MODELS

Professor Stransky shows Intelligence, Daniel shows Honor, Sophia shows Courage, and Kyle shows Loyalty. All are qualities a person should strive to display. The characters in The Legend of The Moonstone all have some quality about them that makes them a great role model.

4. TEACHES YOU ABOUT COURAGE

One of the main themes of The Legend of The Moonstone is to remain courageous no matter what the odds. That is one of the biggest reasons you should read The Legend of The Moonstone; it will inspire you to stand up for what is right, even in the face of adversity.

5. TEACHES YOU ABOUT FRIENDSHIP

Through thick and thin, Daniel and Kyle remained the best of friends. It teaches readers that, no matter how bad things get, they put friendship first. Can you think of a better lesson, or a better reason to read The Legend of The Moonstone?

6. TEACHES YOU ABOUT LOVE

Love Is The Greatest Magic Of All!
One of the main themes of The Legend of The Moonstone is love. The real love people feel in the world – Friends, elders, parents, kids, enemies, everyone.

Daniel and Sophia’s relationship is one incredibly sweet love story. They have been friends ever since the school year started. Slowly, they both realize they see each other as something more than just friends. When Daniel realizes that he is in love with Sophia he’s terrified about their future, about what this all means for him or it will means for her. Sophia fell for him because he is fair, honest open-minded and because he is amazing.

At first they became friends but in the end, they belonged together and that’s all that mattered to them. You just have to dig a little deeper and you will find whether their love be strong enough to survive or won’t be?

7. YOU CAN READ IT AT ANY AGE

Sure, The legend of The Moonstone started out as a children book, but that doesn’t mean that only children or teen can read it. Many of the themes in the books have a darker undertone that is more appropriate for adults, which is another reason to read that fiction story.

8. IT’S A GOOD STORY

Plain and simple, the books tell a great story. It’s epic, especially for a children’s series, but it’s not terribly long. Also the story is fantasy, but it’s easily digestible fantasy. The made up stuff in Meglena Ivanova’s world of magic isn’t all that complicated and it seems almost plausible at times. However, if you’re really interested in this world you can go further in depth. So if you do get caught up in the world or just want to know more about it, there is plenty of info available.

9. PROFESSOR STRANSKY

Professor Stransky

Professor Stransky

What’s not to love about a teacher that teaches you something!

Magic, mystical people, mythical beasts, heroes and demons are just some of the things Professor Stransky talks about. Inspired by superstitions and supernatural powers, he is a so good story-teller that the bitterest opponent of fiction is willing to sacrifice a few hours of its everyday life to hear some of the professor’s stories. The stories of the professor are always about ancient times and creatures, by some chance appearing in our everyday life. The way in which the professor narrates, word for word, in each story, there is magic that millions of people want to know about.

10. MORAL & MAGIC!

The moral of the Professor Stransky’s stories is that nothing should be taken for granted and whether we are in the world of fantasy or reality, we are able to face the fears and daemons of our mind, acts and environment.

The Legend of The Moonstone has all of these amazing characteristics, incredible characters, mystical and mysterious creatures, secret messages, supernatural objects, powerful rituals … and magical relationships! You should read The Legend of The Moonstone, not just for the magic in the book, but because of the magic you feel when you are reading it.

Why would you read The Legend of The Moonstone? Are these some of the reasons you would read The Legend of The Moonstone? What are your favorite things about The Legend of The Moonstone?

“The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian

July14

Another great book by Chris Bohjalian!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge—set in war-ravaged Tuscany.

Every book by Chris Bohjalian is totally different, but share great character development and compelling story lines. Anyone who loves a good World War II novel is going to adore this book! Nestled inside this war novel are several stories of love, loyalty and revenge. The Light in the Ruins is historical fiction, very well researched and written.

 

I normally don’t care for war stories, but this was so much more, romance, mystery, a war story, yes, but with some much more to offer. The only way to describe this book is amazing, touching, gripping. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in this is a MUST READ!

Happy reading! :)

 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

June14

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1

The Hobbit is a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, a famous Oxford professor, essayist and writer. The story centers around Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in a grand adventure.

“The Hobbit” began life as an entertaining story of Tolkien’s children (as so many of Tolkien’s stories began as well). Written between 1929-1933, the book details the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. Gandalf the Wizard meets with Bilbo in the opening pages, telling him he is looking for some “to go on an adventure”. Bilbo, not quite as respectible as he would like to believe himself to be, tells Gandalf life was much more interesting when Gandalf was around, but no, he would not have any adventures, thank you very much. Naturally, thirteen dwarves show up, and ultimately Bilbo sets off to reclaim the gold that the Dragon Smaug has stolen from the dwarves. Like the later Aragorn, Thorin Oakenshield, the chief dwarf, is a king-in-exile, and wants to reclaim both his throne and his gold stolen by the dragon…

How to describe Bilbo Baggins from Tolken’s book ‘The Hobbit’?

He is a typical hobbit who likes to have things run on schedule, like his meals. Bilbo Baggins is a creature of habit. In the beginning of the book we meet Bilbo and we find that he likes to follow a certain schedule, from the time he gets up in the morning until bedtime. Bilbo the Hobbit is also very polite, mannerly and generous.

“The Hobbit” is an excellent fantasy adventure. However, this is one of my favorite books ever, and that is why I’ve read it over and over so many times. To say that it is “just for kids” is like saying that ice cream or watermelon is just for kids.

“The Hobbit” made me feel like I was part of Bilbo’s world – fighting dragons and giant spiders with him. When I finished it I couldn’t wait to read the Lord Of The Rings. I think that this book is incredibly descriptive book, with plenty of charm. J.R.R Tolkien has created a whole new world in which there are many dangers and adventures to have. I absolutely loved it when I first read it, and still enjoy reading it today! I highly recommend getting this book.

Who is your favourite character, moment, or quote? :) :) :)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

May23

This book is one of the most inspiring, life-affirming books I have ever read.

There are too many things one can learn from “The Alchemist”. Its all about following your dream and about taking the risk of following your dreams, which is actually so difficult to do and there are very few people in this world who actually do, I mean risk it all, just to follow your heart and your dream. :)

This book is very inspiring and what I really need right now to motivate myself with my everyday endeavors. In the end the boy in the story who was searching for his treasure, despite the long travels and experiences, find his treasure not in the place where he suspected it to be, but in the place where he came from. It’s just pretty ironic that what have you looking for is in the end is just beside you right from the beginning. It’s just that what he learned and discovered from his travel is another treasure that he should realize in order to appreciate himself and the things around him.

The Alchemist really changed my perspective on things and made me ask myself what is my “personal legend“.

So, I am asking you right now – What is yours? :)

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

May19

     I grew up watching the movie of “The Neverending Story”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it, and still watch it today. It’s my comfort movie. I didn’t know it was a book until a few months ago, and since it is one of my favorite movies, I had to read the book as soon as possible.

So much more happens in the book than in the movie, of course. We’re taken on an epic, fantastic journey of Bastian and the land of Fantastica. I was surprised at the pure, real imagination in the book, and how much longer the story actually continues from where the movie ends.

There is so much to love about the story of Bastian and his time in “The Neverending Story“, and even though a lot of people might think it is just a young adult book, there is, surprisingly, some adult feel to it. I think the overall message is great, too. I think this is a read for just about anyone at any age.

I’m glad I took the time to read it and learn more about what inspired the movie.

It is a wonderful book and I easily recommend it to all those of you who still haven’t forgotten what it means to dream.

P.S. I hope youll enjoy reading as much as I did.
Meg :)

Books that changed your life…

May13

Hey everyone :) ,

*When was the last time a book changed your life?

 One of my friends asked this today, and I thought it was a fantastic question.  So, what book changed YOUR life?

 

Those are some of my favorites:

  • “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
  • “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  • “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway
  • “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad
  • “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo
  • “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
  • “The Hobbit (Middle-earth Universe)” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Harry Potter” books by J. K. Rowling
  • “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
  • “Foundation by” Isaac Asimov

Here are some Life changing moment books recommendations:

  • The Bible
  • “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
  • “Still Life with Woodpecker” by Tom Robbins
  • “Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • “The Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts (Literature)” by Mark Twain
  • “The Celestine prophecy” by James Redfield
  • “Disappearance of the Universe” by Gary Renard
  • “A Course in Miracles” by Helen Schucman
  • “Mans Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
  • “Battlefield of The Mind’ by Joyce Meyer
  • “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo
  • “A Spell for Chameleon” by Piers Anthony
  • “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this list. I do think many of these books can serve you well and be life-changing. I know they have changed mine for the better, without a doubt, and many of them I return to again and again. They are like close friends that will always be with me over the course of my journey through this thing called life.

So now my question goes to you (the reader):  What books have changed YOUR life?

P.S. I would love to hear what you have to say! :)

Frank Stockton -The Lady Or The Tiger?

May7

I heard about this story before a couple hours ago and then I did my research in Google. “The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton now is one of my absolute favorite stories of all time. I love how the ending hangs you in so much suspense that you are left to guess for yourself how it ended. So if you want a short story that will leave you hanging in suspense, this is the book for you. :) :) :)

I hope you will enjoy it.

Frank Stockton
The Lady Or The Tiger?

In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still large, florid, and untrammeled, as became the half of him which was barbaric. He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts. He was greatly given to self-communing, and, when he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done. When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was bland and genial; but, whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial still, for nothing pleased him so much as to make the crooked straight and crush down uneven places.

Among the borrowed notions by which his barbarism had become demised was that of the public arena, in which, by exhibitions of manly and beastly valor, the minds of his subjects were refined and cultured.

But even here the exuberant and barbaric fancy asserted itself. The arena of the king was built, not to give the people an opportunity of hearing the rhapsodies of dying gladiators, nor to enable them to view the inevitable conclusion of a conflict between religious opinions and hungry jaws, but for purposes far better adapted to widen and develop the mental energies of the people. This vast amphitheater, with its encircling galleries, its mysterious vaults, and its unseen passages, was an agent of poetic justice, in which crime was punished, or virtue rewarded, by the decrees of an impartial and incorruptible chance.

When a subject was accused of a crime of sufficient importance to interest the king, public notice was given that on an appointed day the fate of the accused person would be decided in the king’s arena, a structure which well deserved its name, for, although its form and plan were borrowed from afar, its purpose emanated solely from the brain of this man, who, every barleycorn a king, knew no tradition to which he owed more allegiance than pleased his fancy, and who in grafted on every adopted form of human thought and action the rich growth of his barbaric idealism.

When all the people had assembled in the galleries, and the king, surrounded by his court, sat high up on his throne of royal state on one side of the arena, he gave a signal, a door beneath him opened, and the accused subject stepped out into the amphitheater. Directly opposite him, on the other side of the enclosed space, were two doors, exactly alike and side by side. It was the duty and the privilege of the person on trial to walk directly to these doors and open one of them. He could open either door he pleased; he was subject to no guidance or influence but that of the aforementioned impartial and incorruptible chance. If he opened the one, there came out of it a hungry tiger, the fiercest and most cruel that could be procured, which immediately sprang upon him and tore him to pieces as a punishment for his guilt. The moment that the case of the criminal was thus decided, doleful iron bells were clanged, great wails went up from the hired mourners posted on the outer rim of the arena, and the vast audience, with bowed heads and downcast hearts, wended slowly their homeward way, mourning greatly that one so young and fair, or so old and respected, should have merited so dire a fate.

But, if the accused person opened the other door, there came forth from it a lady, the most suitable to his years and station that his majesty could select among his fair subjects, and to this lady he was immediately married, as a reward of his innocence. It mattered not that he might already possess a wife and family, or that his affections might be engaged upon an object of his own selection; the king allowed no such subordinate arrangements to interfere with his great scheme of retribution and reward. The exercises, as in the other instance, took place immediately, and in the arena. Another door opened beneath the king, and a priest, followed by a band of choristers, and dancing maidens blowing joyous airs on golden horns and treading an epithalamic measure, advanced to where the pair stood, side by side, and the wedding was promptly and cheerily solemnized. Then the gay brass bells rang forth their merry peals, the people shouted glad hurrah’s, and the innocent man, preceded by children strewing flowers on his path, led his bride to his home.

This was the king’s semi-barbaric method of administering justice. Its perfect fairness is obvious. The criminal could not know out of which door would come the lady; he opened either he pleased, without having the slightest idea whether, in the next instant, he was to be devoured or married. On some occasions the tiger came out of one door, and on some out of the other. The decisions of this tribunal were not only fair, they were positively determinate: the accused person was instantly punished if he found himself guilty, and, if innocent, he was rewarded on the spot, whether he liked it or not. There was no escape from the judgments of the king’s arena.

The institution was a very popular one. When the people gathered together on one of the great trial days, they never knew whether they were to witness a bloody slaughter or a hilarious wedding. This element of uncertainty lent an interest to the occasion which it could not otherwise have attained. Thus, the masses were entertained and pleased, and the thinking part of the community could bring no charge of unfairness against this plan, for did not the accused person have the whole matter in his own hands?

This semi-barbaric king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own. As is usual in such cases, she was the apple of his eye, and was loved by him above all humanity. Among his courtiers was a young man of that fineness of blood and lowness of station common to the conventional heroes of romance who love royal maidens. This royal maiden was well satisfied with her lover, for he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom, and she loved him with an ardor that had enough of barbarism in it to make it exceedingly warm and strong. This love affair moved on happily for many months, until one day the king happened to discover its existence. He did not hesitate nor waver in regard to his duty in the premises. The youth was immediately cast into prison, and a day was appointed for his trial in the king’s arena. This, of course, was an especially important occasion, and his majesty, as well as all the people, was greatly interested in the workings and development of this trial. Never before had such a case occurred; never before had a subject dared to love the daughter of the king. In after years such things became commonplace enough, but then they were in no slight degree novel and startling.

The tiger-cages of the kingdom were searched for the most savage and relentless beasts, from which the fiercest monster might be selected for the arena; and the ranks of maiden youth and beauty throughout the land were carefully surveyed by competent judges in order that the young man might have a fitting bride in case fate did not determine for him a different destiny. Of course, everybody knew that the deed with which the accused was charged had been done. He had loved the princess, and neither he, she, nor any one else, thought of denying the fact; but the king would not think of allowing any fact of this kind to interfere with the workings of the tribunal, in which he took such great delight and satisfaction. No matter how the affair turned out, the youth would be disposed of, and the king would take an aesthetic pleasure in watching the course of events, which would determine whether or not the young man had done wrong in allowing himself to love the princess.

The appointed day arrived. From far and near the people gathered, and thronged the great galleries of the arena, and crowds, unable to gain admittance, massed themselves against its outside walls. The king and his court were in their places, opposite the twin doors, those fateful portals, so terrible in their similarity.

All was ready. The signal was given. A door beneath the royal party opened, and the lover of the princess walked into the arena. Tall, beautiful, fair, his appearance was greeted with a low hum of admiration and anxiety. Half the audience had not known so grand a youth had lived among them. No wonder the princess loved him! What a terrible thing for him to be there!

As the youth advanced into the arena he turned, as the custom was, to bow to the king, but he did not think at all of that royal personage. His eyes were fixed upon the princess, who sat to the right of her father. Had it not been for the moiety of barbarism in her nature it is probable that lady would not have been there, but her intense and fervid soul would not allow her to be absent on an occasion in which she was so terribly interested. From the moment that the decree had gone forth that her lover should decide his fate in the king’s arena, she had thought of nothing, night or day, but this great event and the various subjects connected with it. Possessed of more power, influence, and force of character than any one who had ever before been interested in such a case, she had done what no other person had done – she had possessed herself of the secret of the doors. She knew in which of the two rooms, that lay behind those doors, stood the cage of the tiger, with its open front, and in which waited the lady. Through these thick doors, heavily curtained with skins on the inside, it was impossible that any noise or suggestion should come from within to the person who should approach to raise the latch of one of them. But gold, and the power of a woman’s will, had brought the secret to the princess.

And not only did she know in which room stood the lady ready to emerge, all blushing and radiant, should her door be opened, but she knew who the lady was. It was one of the fairest and loveliest of the damsels of the court who had been selected as the reward of the accused youth, should he be proved innocent of the crime of aspiring to one so far above him; and the princess hated her. Often had she seen, or imagined that she had seen, this fair creature throwing glances of admiration upon the person of her lover, and sometimes she thought these glances were perceived, and even returned. Now and then she had seen them talking together; it was but for a moment or two, but much can be said in a brief space; it may have been on most unimportant topics, but how could she know that? The girl was lovely, but she had dared to raise her eyes to the loved one of the princess; and, with all the intensity of the savage blood transmitted to her through long lines of wholly barbaric ancestors, she hated the woman who blushed and trembled behind that silent door.

When her lover turned and looked at her, and his eye met hers as she sat there, paler and whiter than any one in the vast ocean of anxious faces about her, he saw, by that power of quick perception which is given to those whose souls are one, that she knew behind which door crouched the tiger, and behind which stood the lady. He had expected her to know it. He understood her nature, and his soul was assured that she would never rest until she had made plain to herself this thing, hidden to all other lookers-on, even to the king. The only hope for the youth in which there was any element of certainty was based upon the success of the princess in discovering this mystery; and the moment he looked upon her, he saw she had succeeded, as in his soul he knew she would succeed.

Then it was that his quick and anxious glance asked the question: “Which?” It was as plain to her as if he shouted it from where he stood. There was not an instant to be lost. The question was asked in a flash; it must be answered in another.

Her right arm lay on the cushioned parapet before her. She raised her hand, and made a slight, quick movement toward the right. No one but her lover saw her. Every eye but his was fixed on the man in the arena.

He turned, and with a firm and rapid step he walked across the empty space. Every heart stopped beating, every breath was held, every eye was fixed immovably upon that man. Without the slightest hesitation, he went to the door on the right, and opened it.

Now, the point of the story is this: Did the tiger come out of that door, or did the lady?

The more we reflect upon this question, the harder it is to answer. It involves a study of the human heart which leads us through devious mazes of passion, out of which it is difficult to find our way. Think of it, fair reader, not as if the decision of the question depended upon yourself, but upon that hot-blooded, semi-barbaric princess, her soul at a white heat beneath the combined fires of despair and jealousy. She had lost him, but who should have him?

How often, in her waking hours and in her dreams, had she started in wild horror, and covered her face with her hands as she thought of her lover opening the door on the other side of which waited the cruel fangs of the tiger!

But how much oftener had she seen him at the other door! How in her grievous reveries had she gnashed her teeth, and torn her hair, when she saw his start of rapturous delight as he opened the door of the lady! How her soul had burned in agony when she had seen him rush to meet that woman, with her flushing cheek and sparkling eye of triumph; when she had seen him lead her forth, his whole frame kindled with the joy of recovered life; when she had heard the glad shouts from the multitude, and the wild ringing of the happy bells; when she had seen the priest, with his joyous followers, advance to the couple, and make them man and wife before her very eyes; and when she had seen them walk away together upon their path of flowers, followed by the tremendous shouts of the hilarious multitude, in which her one despairing shriek was lost and drowned!

Would it not be better for him to die at once, and go to wait for her in the blessed regions of semi-barbaric futurity?

And yet, that awful tiger, those shrieks, that blood!

Her decision had been indicated in an instant, but it had been made after days and nights of anguished deliberation. She had known she would be asked, she had decided what she would answer, and, without the slightest hesitation, she had moved her hand to the right.

The question of her decision is one not to be lightly considered, and it is not for me to presume to set myself up as the one person able to answer it. And so I leave it with all of you: Which came out of the opened door – the lady, or the tiger?

P.S. If you liked this story, please let other people know or write a comment :) :) :)

Some of my favorite young adult fiction series

April16

•    The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
•    Harry Potter
by J.K. Rowling
•    Twilight Saga
by Stephenie Meyer
•    The Mortal Instruments
by Cassandra Clare
•    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
•    The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
•    Caster Chronicles
by Kami Garcia
•    Divergent
by Veronica Roth
•    Watersong
By Amanda Hocking
•    Trylle Trilogy
By Amanda Hocking
•    The Belgariad
by David Edings