|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
course was not too disconcerting - as because, seated opposite to
him at luncheon, she had given him for half an hour the impression
of her beautiful face. Something else had come with it - a sense
of generosity, of an enthusiasm which, unlike many enthusiasms, was
not all manner. That was not spoiled for him by his seeing that
the repast had placed her again in familiar contact with Henry St.
George. Sitting next her this celebrity was also opposite our
young man, who had been able to note that he multiplied the
attentions lately brought by his wife to the General's notice.
Paul Overt had gathered as well that this lady was not in the least
discomposed by these fond excesses and that she gave every sign of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:
to interested motives; since if you fail to put compulsion on the
greater people first, you leave a backdoor of escape at once to those
of humbler means. But there will be other cases; say, of young men
in whom a real enthusiasm for the service may be kindled by recounting
to them all the brilliant feats of knighthood; while you may disarm
the opposition of their guardians by dwelling on the fact that, if not
you, at any rate some future hipparch will certainly compel them to
breed horses, owing to their wealth; whereas, if they enter the
service during your term of office, you will undertake to deter
their lads from mad extravagance in buying horses, and take pains
to make good horsemen of them without loss of time; and while pleading
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:
ducted the youth without mistakes, until at last
he began to chuckle with glee and self-satisfaction.
"Ah, there yeh are! See that fire?"
The youth nodded stupidly.
"Well, there 's where your reg'ment is. An'
now, good-by, ol' boy, good luck t' yeh."
A warm and strong hand clasped the youth's
languid fingers for an instant, and then he heard
a cheerful and audacious whistling as the man
strode away. As he who had so befriended him
was thus passing out of his life, it suddenly oc-
The Red Badge of Courage