|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
What your look would imply . . . this sleek stranger forsooth!
Because on his cheek was the red rose of youth
The heart of my niece must break for it!"
"Nay, but hear me yet further!"
With slow heavy stride,
Unheeding her words, he was pacing the tent,
He was muttering low to himself as he went.
Ay, these young things lie safe in our heart just so long
As their wings are in growing; and when these are strong
They break it, and farewell! the bird flies!" . . .
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
seen. Yes, seen. I have seen the incredible, such horrors that
even I myself sometimes stop in the middle of the street and ask
whether it is possible for a man to behold such things and live.
In a year, Villiers, I was a ruined man, in body and soul--in
body and soul."
"But your property, Herbert? You had land in Dorset."
"I sold it all; the fields and woods, the dear old
"And the money?"
"She took it all from me."
"And then left you?"
The Great God Pan
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
won or lost, they were so sure of plunder, but played on till drink
overpowered them, and they rolled senseless beneath the tables, or
till they sprang up and danced wildly to and fro, catching at the
sunbeams and screaming 'Gold! gold! gold!'
Listening at this window also I gathered some of the tidings of the
camp. I learned that Cortes had come back, bringing Guatemoc and
several of the princes with him, together with many of the noble
Aztec ladies. Indeed I saw and heard the soldiers gambling for
these women when they were weary of their play for money, a
description of each of them being written on a piece of paper. One
of these ladies answered well to Otomie, my wife, and she was put