|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
Company raid on Johannesburg was wrong?'
"He said, 'My wife, if I believe that certain men whom we have raised on
high, and to whom we have given power, have done a cowardly wrong, shall I
not say it?'
"And she said, 'Yes, and only a little while ago, when Rhodes was licking
the dust off the Boers' feet that he might keep them from suspecting while
he got ready this affair, then you attacked both Rhodes and the Bond (The
Afrikander Bond, the organised Dutch political party, through whom Mr.
Rhodes worked, and by whom he was backed.) for trying to pass a Bill for
flogging the niggers, and we lost fifty pounds we might have got for the
church?' And he said, 'My wife, cannot God be worshipped as well under the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
to prove that I recognized the pertinence of my return.
You may imagine the general complexion, from that moment, of my nights.
I repeatedly sat up till I didn't know when; I selected moments when my
roommate unmistakably slept, and, stealing out, took noiseless turns
in the passage and even pushed as far as to where I had last met Quint.
But I never met him there again; and I may as well say at once
that I on no other occasion saw him in the house. I just missed,
on the staircase, on the other hand, a different adventure.
Looking down it from the top I once recognized the presence of a woman
seated on one of the lower steps with her back presented to me,
her body half-bowed and her head, in an attitude of woe, in her hands.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:
sinners--most of whom had been tyrants, but not all--and just as they
fancied that they were returning to life, the chasm gave a roar, and then
wild, fiery-looking men who knew the meaning of the sound, seized him and
several others, and bound them hand and foot and threw them down, and
dragged them along at the side of the road, lacerating them and carding
them like wool, and explaining to the passers-by, that they were going to
be cast into hell.' The greatest terror of the pilgrims ascending was lest
they should hear the voice, and when there was silence one by one they
passed up with joy. To these sufferings there were corresponding delights.
On the eighth day the souls of the pilgrims resumed their journey, and in
four days came to a spot whence they looked down upon a line of light, in