|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
were ineffectual. I was encompassed by a cloud which no beneficial
influence could penetrate. The wounded deer dragging its fainting
limbs to some untrodden brake, there to gaze upon the arrow which
had pierced it, and to die, was but a type of me.
Sometimes I could cope with the sullen despair that overwhelmed me,
but sometimes the whirlwind passions of my soul drove me to seek,
by bodily exercise and by change of place, some relief from my
intolerable sensations. It was during an access of this kind that
I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near
Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such
scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral, because human, sorrows.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson:
But here is one who loves you as of old;
With more exceeding passion than of old:
Good, speak the word: my followers ring him round:
He sits unarmed; I hold a finger up;
They understand: nay; I do not mean blood:
Nor need ye look so scared at what I say:
My malice is no deeper than a moat,
No stronger than a wall: there is the keep;
He shall not cross us more; speak but the word:
Or speak it not; but then by Him that made me
The one true lover whom you ever owned,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Desert Gold by Zane Grey:
said Nell. "And since we've been in the Southwest she has never
ceased trying to find some trace of her father. He was last heard
of in Nogales fourteen years ago. She thinks grandfather was lost
in the Sonora Desert....And every place we go is worse. Oh, I love
the desert. But I'd like to go back to Lawrence--or to see
Chicago or New York--some of the places Mr. Gale speaks of....
I remember the college at Lawrence, though I was only twelve.
I saw races--and once real football. Since then I've read magazines
and papers about big football games, and I was always fascinated
....Mr. Gale, of course, you've seen games?
"Yes, a few," replied Dick; and he laughed a little. It was on