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altitude. The sun was already below the horizon, and as the ship descended to a lower altitude, it became quite dark. The air was calm and the plane moved very smoothly, with the engines running at reduced power. I was in the front cabin at the time, and decided to see what was going on in the other cabins. While I was walking toward the smoking lounge, the cabin steward turned on the lights, and I stopped with a feeling of surprise. Some twenty feet ahead I saw the walnut trimmings and the elegant entrance to the smoking lounge. The bluish electric lights from the ceiling appeared bright and attractive. Usually I had been too busy to see the cabin with the lights on.

Now looking at it for the first time under these conditions, I could well appreciate its fine appearance for it was much larger than on any other plane at that time. But I was surprised by another thought. I realized, at that very moment, that I had already seen all this a long time ago, the passageway, the bluish lights, the walnut trimmings on the walls and doors, and the feeling of smooth motion, and I tried to recall when and how I could have received such an impression, until finally I remembered the details of my dream of some 30 years before.

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