“You must choose: the maiden or the moth. For the silken cocoon will stop for no man, yet it is absolutely essential for the next phase. You may try to keep her a gorged and oblivious worm, but it will be a hollow life made all the worse by the knowledge of what she could have been. That is the great mystery of the silk threads, the great gamble of the swaddled chrysalis: one never knows what will emerge therefrom. But to choose the maiden over the moth is to cling to the past over the present, over the future, and to be looking ever backward. It is to let fear of what may be poison what is. You must make the choice, and you must make it now. But choose wisely.”

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