|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
"When did he ask you?"
"He's asked me a dozen times. But it's different now. All the
men will be going to war. There won't be any left. Look at
England and France. I'm not going to be left." She turned
squarely toward her father, her young face set and hard. "You
know what I mean. You know what I mean."
Flora, sitting up in bed, was sobbing. "I think you might have
told your mother, Adele. What are children coming to! You stand
there and say, `I'm going to marry Daniel Oakley.' Oh, I am so
faint . . . all of a sudden . . . Get the spirits of ammonia."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
loves; and for myself, knowing him and believing in him as I do, I feel
confident that he will make no connection distasteful to the family when
he really comes to marry."
This time I gasped outright. "But--the cake!--next Wednesday!"
She made, with her small white hand, a slight and slighting gesture. "The
cake is not baked yet, and we shall see what we shall see." From this
onward until the end a pinkness mounted in her pale, delicate cheeks, and
deep, strong resentment burned beneath her discreetly expressed
indiscretions. "The cake is not baked, and I, at least, am not
solicitous. I tell my cousin, Mrs. Gregory St. Michael, that she must not
forget it was merely his phosphates. That girl would never have looked at
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:
officers takes speedier effect.
 i.e. all find themselves in a position of command, and there is
nothing like command to inspire that feeling of noblesse oblige
which is often lacking in the private soldier. See Thuc. v. 66;
"Pol. Lac." xi. 5.
Supposing, then, a regiment of cavalry drawn up in this formation:
just as the squadron-leaders have their several positions for the
march (or the attack) assigned them by the commander, so the file-
leaders will depend upon the captain for the order passed along the
line in what formation they are severally to march; and all being
prearranged by word of mouth, the whole will work more smoothly than