It has always seemed to me, ever since early childhood, that amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never quite draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond. Only a glimpse but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile. When the flash came I took a sheet of paper and I wrote on it: I, Thanh do solemnly vow to this day that I will climb the Alpine Path and write my name on the scroll of fame.