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The Jacket (Star-Rover) - Jack London

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THE JACKET

CHAPTER I



All my life I have had an awareness of other times and places.  I
have been aware of other persons in me.--Oh, and trust me, so have
you, my reader that is to be.  Read back into your childhood, and
this sense of awareness I speak of will be remembered as an
experience of your childhood.  You were then not fixed, not
crystallized.  You were plastic, a soul in flux, a consciousness and
an identity in the process of forming--ay, of forming and
forgetting.

You have forgotten much, my reader, and yet, as you read these
lines, you remember dimly the hazy vistas of other times and places
into which your child eyes peered.  They seem dreams to you to-day.
Yet, if they were dreams, dreamed then, whence the substance of
them?  Our dreams are grotesquely compounded of the things we know.
The stuff of our sheerest dreams is the stuff of our experience.  As
a child, a wee child, you dreamed you fell great heights; you
dreamed you flew through the air as things of the air fly; you were
vexed by crawling spiders and many-legged creatures of the slime;
you heard other voices, saw other faces nightmarishly familiar, and
gazed upon sunrises and sunsets other than you know now, looking
back, you ever looked upon.
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