|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Philosophy 4 by Owen Wister:
on their journey in search of the bird-in-Hand. Their notes in
Philosophy 4 were stowed under the buggy-seat.
"Did Oscar see you?" Bertie inquired.
"Not he," cried Billy, joyously.
"Oscar will wonder," said Bertie; and he gave the black gelding a
triumphant touch with the whip.
You see, it was Oscar that had made them run go; or, rather, it was Duty
and Fate walking in Oscar's displeasing likeness. Nothing easier,
nothing more reasonable, than to see the tutor and tell him they should
not need him to-day. But that would have spoiled everything. They did
not know it, but deep in their childlike hearts was a delicious sense
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
may escape it. Good God! do I not know how Petrarch must have
felt? What sorrow life brings! Suppose a man hopelessly
separated from one whom he passionately loves. Then, as he
looks up at the starry sky, something says to him: 'You can
bear all these agonies of privation, loss of life, loss of
love,--what are they? If the tie between you is what you
thought, neither life nor death, neither folly nor sin, can
keep her forever from you.' Would that one could always feel
so! But I am weak. Then comes impulse, it thirsts for some
immediate gratification; I yield, and plunge into any happiness
since I cannot obtain her. Then comes quiet again, with the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by Sir John Mandeville:
journey from him. And another goeth on the left side of him, in
the same wise. And in every host is as much multitude of people as
in the first host. And then after cometh the fourth host, that is
much more than any of the others, and that goeth behind him, the
mountance of a bow draught. And every host hath his journeys
ordained in certain places, where they shall be lodged at night,
and there they shall have all that them needeth. And if it befall
that any of the host die, anon they put another in his place, so
that the number shall evermore be whole.
And ye shall understand, that the emperor, in his proper person,
rideth not as other great lords do beyond, but if he list to go