|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Persuasion by Jane Austen:
was attending with great good-humour, and whenever she spoke at all,
it was very sensibly. Anne hoped the gentlemen might each be
too much self-occupied to hear.
"And so, ma'am, all these thing considered," said Mrs Musgrove,
in her powerful whisper, "though we could have wished it different,
yet, altogether, we did not think it fair to stand out any longer,
for Charles Hayter was quite wild about it, and Henrietta was
pretty near as bad; and so we thought they had better marry at once,
and make the best of it, as many others have done before them.
At any rate, said I, it will be better than a long engagement."
"That is precisely what I was going to observe," cried Mrs Croft.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
knocking on the door! Philippus the jester bade the doorkeeper
announce him, with apologies for seeking a night's lodging: he had
come, he said, provided with all necessaries for dining, at a friend's
expense: his attendant was much galled with carrying, nothing but an
empty bread-basket. To this announcement Callias, appealing to his
guests, replied: "It would never do to begrudge the shelter of one's
roof: let him come in." And as he spoke, he glanced across to
where Autolycus was seated, as if to say: "I wonder how you take the
 Lit. "him who answers the knock," "the concierge" or hall-porter.
Cf. Theophr. "Char." xiv. 7; Aristot. "Oec." i. 6.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso:
Beside the hearse a fruitful palm-tree grows,
Ennobled since by this great funeral,
Where Dudon's corpse they softly laid in ground,
The priest sung hymns, the soldiers wept around.
Among the boughs, they here and there bestow
Ensigns and arms, as witness of his praise,
Which he from Pagan lords, that did them owe,
Had won in prosperous fights and happy frays:
His shield they fixed on the hole below,
And there this distich under-writ, which says,