|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
ing of oriental legend, but the personal accent is
marked throughout. No similar achievement in
the beginning Mr. Chertkov has striven to spread the ideas of
Tolstoy, and has won neither glory nor money from his faithful
and single-hearted devotion. He has carried on his work with a
rare love and sympathy in spite of difficulties. No one appre-
ciated or valued his friendship and self-sacrifice more than
Tolstoy himself, who was firmly attached to him from the date
of his first meeting, consulting him and confiding in him at every
moment, even during Mr. Chertkov's long exile.
modern literature has awakened so universal a
The Forged Coupon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Human Drift by Jack London:
Work! Can you beat it in a calm day on the deep sea?
I've tried it both ways. I remember labouring in a fourteen days'
gale off the coast of New Zealand. We were a tramp collier, rusty
and battered, with six thousand tons of coal in our hold. Life
lines were stretched fore and aft; and on our weather side,
attached to smokestack guys and rigging, were huge rope-nettings,
hung there for the purpose of breaking the force of the seas and
so saving our mess-room doors. But the doors were smashed and the
mess-rooms washed out just the same. And yet, out of it all,
arose but the one feeling, namely, of monotony.
In contrast with the foregoing, about the liveliest eight days of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the truth is a debt I owe my lord's memory; and I think my old
years will flow more smoothly, and my white hair lie quieter on the
pillow, when the debt is paid.
The Duries of Durrisdeer and Ballantrae were a strong family in the
south-west from the days of David First. A rhyme still current in
the countryside -
Kittle folk are the Durrisdeers,
They ride wi' over mony spears -
bears the mark of its antiquity; and the name appears in another,
which common report attributes to Thomas of Ercildoune himself - I
cannot say how truly, and which some have applied - I dare not say