|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
He did not, did not he? (he answered). Bless me! Go back to him again,
then, and ply him with questions; if he really has the science, and is
not lost to all sense of shame, he will blush to have taken your money
and then to have sent you away empty.
At another time he fell in with a man who had been chosen general and
minister of war, and thus accosted him.
Soc. Why did Homer, think you, designate Agamemnon "shepherd of the
peoples"? Was it possibly to show that, even as a shepherd must
care for his sheep and see that they are safe and have all things
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Master Key by L. Frank Baum:
it is shaped like a thin metal band, and is to be worn upon the
brow, clasping at the back of the head. Its virtues surpass those of
either the fabulous 'Fountain of Youth,' or the 'Elixir of Life,' so
vainly sought for in past ages. For its wearer will instantly become
free from any bodily disease or pain and will enjoy perfect health and
vigor. In truth, so great are its powers that even the dead may be
restored to life, provided the blood has not yet chilled.
In presenting you with this appliance, I feel I am bestowing
upon you the greatest blessing and most longed-for boon ever
bequeathed of suffering humanity."
Here he held the slender, dull-colored metallic band toward the boy.
The Master Key
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad:
But, coming back to Captain Froud and his fixed idea of never
disappointing ship owners or ship-captains, it was not likely
that I should fail him in his ambition--to satisfy at a few
hours' notice the unusual demand for a French-speaking officer.
He explained to me that the ship was chartered by a French
company intending to establish a regular monthly line of sailings
from Rouen, for the transport of French emigrants to Canada.
But, frankly, this sort of thing did not interest me very much.
I said gravely that if it were really a matter of keeping up the
reputation of the Shipmasters' Society I would consider it. But
the consideration was just for form's sake. The next day I
A Personal Record