|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bucolics by Virgil:
Naught from the flock I'll venture, for at home
I have a father and a step-dame harsh,
And twice a day both reckon up the flock,
And one withal the kids. But I will stake,
Seeing you are so mad, what you yourself
Will own more priceless far- two beechen cups
By the divine art of Alcimedon
Wrought and embossed, whereon a limber vine,
Wreathed round them by the graver's facile tool,
Twines over clustering ivy-berries pale.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
"Yes, I have been asleep; but I had such a vivid dream," she said, holding
the other's hands, "and that woke me. I never had so vivid a dream before.
"It seemed I was a little girl again, and I came somewhere into a large
room. On a bed in the corner there was something lying dressed in white,
and its little eyes were shut, and its little face was like wax. I thought
it was a doll, and I ran forward to take it; but some one held up her
finger and said: 'Hush! it is a little dead baby.' And I said: 'Oh, I
must go and call Lyndall, that she may look at it also.'
"And they put their faces close down to my ear and whispered: 'It is
"And I said: 'She cannot be grown up yet; she is only a little girl!
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain:
"You DID? Oh, dear, this is the most mixed-up
business that ever --"
"Dear lord, I begged him on my knees to confess,
"You DID! It gets thicker and thicker. What did
you want him to do that for?"
"Sith it would bring him a quick death and save
him all this cruel pain."
"Well -- yes, there is reason in that. But HE didn't
want the quick death."
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court