|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The House of Dust by Conrad Aiken:
Your lips grow white, I kiss you again,
I will take a torch and set you afire,
I will break your body and fling it away. . . .
Look, you are trembling. . . .Lie still, beloved!
Lock your hands in my hair, and say
Darling! darling! darling! darling!
All night long till the break of day.
Is it your heart I hear beneath me. . . .
Or the far tolling of that tower?
The voices are still that cried around us. . . .
The woods grow still for the sacred hour.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
treated his achievements more or less seriously.
Henry Evanion gave me a valuable collection
of Chabert clippings, hand-bills, etc., and
related many interesting incidents in connection
with this man of wonders.
It seems quite impossible for me to write
of any historical character in Magic or its
allied arts without recalling my dear old friend
Evanion, who introduced me to a throng of
fascinating characters, with each of whom he
seemed almost as familiar as if they had been
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
conducive to the maintenance of the race." In other words, the value of the
individual can be only in relation to the society; and this granted,
whether the sacrifice of the individual for the sake of that society be
good or evil must depend upon what the society might gain or lose through a
further individualization of its members... But as we shall presently see,
the conditions of ant-society that most deserve our attention are the
ethical conditions; and these are beyond human criticism, since they
realize that ideal of moral evolution described by Mr. Spencer as "a state
in which egoism and altruism are so conciliated that the one merges into
the other." That is to say, a state in which the only possible pleasure is
the pleasure of unselfish action. Or, again to quote Mr. Spencer, the