|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
"I can teach my little Pearl what I have learned from this!"
answered Hester Prynne, laying her finger on the red token.
"Woman, it is thy badge of shame!" replied the stern magistrate.
"It is because of the stain which that letter indicates that we
would transfer thy child to other hands. "
"Nevertheless," said the mother, calmly, though growing more
pale, "this badge hath taught me -- it daily teaches me -- it is
teaching me at this moment -- lessons whereof my child may be
the wiser and better, albeit they can profit nothing to myself. "
The Scarlet Letter
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
twenty bullocks and many animals for sacrifice. And they
celebrated their accursed feast till the city resounded with the
cry of the brute beasts and the very air was polluted with the
reek of sacrifice. This done, when the spirits of wickedness had
greatly vaunted them over Theudas' victory, and when the temple-
keepers had rendered him thanks, the king went up again unto his
palace, and said milo Theudas, "Behold now, as thou badest us, we
have spared no pains over the splendour of this gathering and the
lavishness of the sacrifice. Now, therefore, it is time for thee
to fulfil thy promises, and to deliver from the error of the
Christians my son that hath rebelled against our religion, and to
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Study of a Woman by Honore de Balzac:
"Joseph is right," I said.
Eugene turned and looked at me.
"I read the addresses quite involuntarily, and--"
"And," interrupted Eugene, "one of them was NOT for Madame de
"No, by all the devils, it was not. Consequently, I supposed, my dear
fellow, that your heart was wandering from the rue Saint-Lazare to the
Eugene struck his forehead with the flat of his hand and began to
laugh; by which Joseph perceived that the blame was not on him.
Now, there are certain morals to this tale on which young men had