|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare:
Or if thou wilt permit the sun to climb
His wonted height, yet ere he go to bed,
Knit poisonous clouds about his golden head.
'With rotten damps ravish the morning air;
Let their exhal'd unwholesome breaths make sick
The life of purity, the supreme fair,
Ere he arrive his weary noontide prick;
And let thy misty vapours march so thick,
That in their smoky ranks his smother'd light
May set at noon and make perpetual night.
'Were Tarquin night (as he is but night's child),
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
its consequences - and not that which he desired - war with the
immunities of peace.
This monstrous exigence illustrates the man's frame of mind. It
has been still further illuminated in the German white-book by
printing alongside of his despatches those of the unimpassioned
Fritze. On January 8th the consulate was destroyed by fire.
Knappe says it was the work of incendiaries, "without doubt";
Fritze admits that "everything seems to show" it was an accident.
"Tamasese's people fit to bear arms," writes Knappe, "are certainly
for the moment equal to Mataafa's," though restrained from battle
by the lack of ammunition. "As for Tamasese," says Fritze of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
put into her soul so vigorous an impression of the scene that even at
this moment she seemed to see it still occurring. Her eye again
wandered from the violet velvet mantle embroidered with gold and lined
with satin to the spurs on the boots, the pretty lozenges slashed into
the doublet, the trunk-hose, and the rich collaret which gave to view
a throat as white as the lace around it. She stroked with her hand the
handsome face with its tiny pointed moustache, and "royale" as small
as the ermine tips upon her father's hood.
In the silence of the night, with her eyes fixed on the green silk
curtains which she no longer saw, the countess, forgetting the storm,
her husband, and her fears, recalled the days which seemed to her