|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
hand, I see a man neglectful of his duties, I do not spare him: I try
in every way, by word and deed, to wound him.
Soc. Come now, Ischomachus, kindly permit a turn in the discussion,
which has hitherto concerned the persons being trained to carefulness
themselves, and explain a point in reference to the training process.
Is it possible for a man devoid of carefulness himself to render
others more careful?
No more possible (he answered) than for a man who knows no music to
make others musical. If the teacher sets but an ill example, the
pupil can hardly learn to do the thing aright. And if the master's
conduct is suggestive of laxity, how hardly shall his followers attain
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
in it for teeth, using a strip of scarlet plush for
a tongue. This mouth Ojo considered very artistic
and lifelike, and Margolotte was pleased when the
boy praised it. There were almost too many patches
on the face of the girl for her to be considered
strictly beautiful, for one cheek was yellow and
the other red, her chin blue, her forehead purple
and the center, where her nose had been formed and
padded, a bright yellow.
"You ought to have had her face all pink,"
suggested the boy.
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Main Street by Sinclair Lewis:
block Mrs. Dr. Westlake was gaping from her porch. Carol
said with an embarrassed quaver:
"I want to run in and see Mrs. Westlake. I'll say good-by here."
She avoided his eyes.
Mrs. Westlake was affable. Carol felt that she was expected
to explain; and while she was mentally asserting that she'd
be hanged if she'd explain, she was explaining:
"Hugh captured that Valborg boy up the track. They
became such good friends. And I talked to him for a while. I'd
heard he was eccentric, but really, I found him quite intelligent.
Crude, but he reads--reads almost the way Dr. Westlake does."