|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
Oh, yes. I have never been ill yet, though it has been quite
rough again and again.
What you call rough, little man. But as you are grown such a very
good sailor, and also as the sea is all but smooth, I think we
will have a sail in the yacht to-day, and that a tolerably long
Oh, how delightful! but I thought we were going home; and the
things are all packed up.
And why should we not go homewards in the yacht, things and all?
What, all the way to England?
No, not so far as that; but these kind people, when they came into
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
"Beautiful Spring," answered the Indian girl.
"That's it, and it's well named. What a lovely place!"
Nature had been lavish in the beautifying of this inclosed dell. It was about
fifty yards wide, and nestled among little, wooded knolls and walls of gray,
lichen-covered stone. Though the sun shone brightly into the opening, and the
rain had free access to the mossy ground, no stormy winds ever entered this
well protected glade.
Joe reveled in the beauty of the scene, even while he was too weak to stand
erect. He suffered no pain from his wound, although he had gradually grown
dizzy, and felt as if the ground was rising before him. He was glad to lie
upon the mossy ground in the little cavern under the cliff.
The Spirit of the Border
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
splendid bulwark to protect the country?
 Cf. the reforms of Iphicrates.
To which Pericles: I think, Socrates, these would be all useful
If, then (replied Socrates), these suggestions meet your approbation,
try, O best of men, to realise them--if you can carry out a portion of
them, it will be an honour to yourself and a blessing to the state;
while, if you fail in any point, there will be no damage done to the
city nor discredit to yourself.
Glaucon, the son of Ariston, had conceived such an ardour to gain