|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy:
curtly, and getting out and stepping lightly on his pigeon-toed
feet he started once more going about on the snow.
He walked about for a long time, now disappearing and now
reappearing, and finally he came back.
'There is no road here. There may be farther on,' he said,
getting into the sledge.
It was already growing dark. The snow-storm had not increased
but had also not subsided.
'If we could only hear those peasants!' said Vasili Andreevich.
'Well they haven't caught us up. We must have gone far astray.
Or maybe they have lost their way too.'
Master and Man
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Hellenica by Xenophon:
 Cf. "Anab." III. ii. 10.
By such arguments he diverted the Thebans from the desperate
adventure. But for the Lacedaemonians also he had words of advice,
insisting on the difference between an army defeated and an army
flushed with victory. "If you are minded," he said, "to forget this
disaster, my advice to you is to take time to recover breath and
recruit your energies. When you have grown stronger then give battle
to these unconquered veterans. At present," he continued, "you
know without my telling you that among your own allies there are some
who are already discussing terms of friendship with your foes. My
advice is this: by all means endeavour to obtain a truce. This," he
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
never forget it!'
'Your behaviour at that meeting in the family vault, when I told
you we were going to be married. Deception, dishonesty,
everywhere; all the world's of a piece!'
Stephen did not much like this misconstruction of his motives,
even though it was but the hasty conclusion of a friend disturbed
'I could do no otherwise than I did, with due regard to her,' he
'Indeed!' said Knight, in the bitterest tone of reproach. 'Nor
A Pair of Blue Eyes