|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
To the cities of Europe--the scenes, and the men,
And the life, and the ways, she had left: still oppress'd
With the same hungry heart, and unpeaceable breast.
The same, to the same things! The world she had quitted
With a sigh, with a sigh she re-enter'd. Soon flitted
Through the salons and clubs, to the great satisfaction
Of Paris, the news of a novel attraction.
The enchanting Lucile, the gay Countess, once more,
To her old friend, the World, had reopen'd her door;
The World came, and shook hands, and was pleased and amused
With what the World then went away and abused.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from St. Ives by Robert Louis Stevenson:
darkness in which we had fought, our nakedness, even the resin on
the twine, appeared to contribute. I ran to my fallen adversary,
kneeled by him, and could only sob his name.
He bade me compose myself. 'You have given me the key of the
fields, comrade,' said he. 'SANS RANCUNE!'
At this my horror redoubled. Here had we two expatriated Frenchmen
engaged in an ill-regulated combat like the battles of beasts.
Here was he, who had been all his life so great a ruffian, dying in
a foreign land of this ignoble injury, and meeting death with
something of the spirit of a Bayard. I insisted that the guards
should be summoned and a doctor brought. 'It may still be possible
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
(easy enough to obey at all times) obeyed for nearly a century after
"Gil Blas" appeared.
About the same time there appeared, by a remarkable coincidence,
another work, like it the child of the Ancien Regime, and yet as
opposite to it as light to darkness. If Le Sage drew men as they
were, Fenelon tried at least to draw them as they might have been
and still might be, were they governed by sages and by saints,
according to the laws of God. "Telemaque" is an ideal--imperfect,
doubtless, as all ideals must be in a world in which God's ways and
thoughts are for ever higher than man's; but an ideal nevertheless.
If its construction is less complete than that of "Gil Blas," it is