|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Pericles by William Shakespeare:
By the defiling of her parent's bed;
And both like serpents are, who though they feed
On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed.
Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men
Blush not in actions blacker than the night,
Will shun no course to keep them from the light.
One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke:
Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame:
Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
us take a cast about, as if to draw the wind on a buck--the bog
is no abune knee-deep, and better a saft road as bad company."
[The Scots use the epithet soft, IN MALAM PARTEM, in two cases,
at least. A SOFT road is a road through quagmire and bogs; and
SOFT weather signifies that which is very rainy.]
Earnscliff, however, in spite of his companion's resistance and
remonstrances, continued to advance on the path they had
originally pursued, and soon confronted the object of their
The height of the figure, which appeared even to decrease as they
approached it, seemed to be under four feet, and its form, as far
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac:
are some feeble, mean natures which may receive an endless number of
wounds and live on; but there are some more highly-tempered souls
which snap at last under repeated blows. You have--"
"Oh! enough!" cried he. "No more copy! Your dissertation is
unnecessary, since you can justify yourself by merely saying--'I have
ceased to love!' "
"What!" she exclaimed in bewilderment. "Is it I who have ceased to
"Certainly. You have calculated that I gave you more trouble, more
vexation than pleasure, and you desert your partner--"
"I desert!----" cried she, clasping her hands.
The Muse of the Department