|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne:
and virtue flies after it, - not to call it back, but to make the
sensation of it more delicious to the nerves: -'tis associated. -
But I'll not describe it; - I felt something at first within me
which was not in strict unison with the lesson of virtue I had
given her the night before. - I sought five minutes for a card; - I
knew I had not one. - I took up a pen. - I laid it down again; - my
hand trembled: - the devil was in me.
I know as well as any one he is an adversary, whom, if we resist,
he will fly from us; - but I seldom resist him at all; from a
terror, though I may conquer, I may still get a hurt in the combat;
- so I give up the triumph for security; and, instead of thinking
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Sanitary and Social Lectures by Charles Kingsley:
palace, and gave them land, and ploughs to break it up, and seed
to sow it, that they might dwell there, and play and sing to him.
But when the winter arrived, the Gipsies all came to the Sultan,
and cried that they were starving. "But what have you done with
the seed-corn which I gave you?" "O Light of the Age, we ate it
in the summer." "And what have you done with the ploughs which I
gave you?" "O Glory of the Universe, we burnt them to bake the
Then said that great Sultan--"Like the butterflies you have lived;
and like the butterflies you shall wander." So he drove them out.
And that is how the Gipsies came hither from the East.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
Coo-ce-oh's command it would reach out, joint by joint,
until its far end touched the shore of the lake. The
same magic command would make the bridge return to its
former position. Of course the bridge could not be used
unless the island was on the surface of the water."
"But how do you suppose Coo-ee-oh managed to sink the
island, and make it rise again?" inquired Glinda.
This the Adepts could not yet explain. As nothing
more could be learned from the basement they mounted
the steps to the Queen's private suite again, and Ozma
showed them to a special room where Coo-ee-oh kept her
Glinda of Oz