|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
but the master of Zadok may enter. Thou mayst go in any time it
may please thee, for it is thine."
"I would enter into it now," said Aben Hassen the Fool.
"Thou shalt enter," said Zadok. He stooped, and with his
finger-point he drew a circle upon the ground where they stood;
then he stamped with his heel upon the circle. Instantly the
earth opened, and there appeared a flight of marble steps leading
downward into the earth. Zadok led the way down the steps and the
young man followed. At the bottom of the steps there was a door
of adamant. Upon the door were these words in letters as black as
ink, in the handwriting of the old man who had gone:
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso:
Out of his looks shone zeal, devotion, faith,
His hands and eyes to heaven he heaves, and saith:
"Father and Lord, if in the deserts waste
Thou hadst compassion on thy children dear,
The craggy rock when Moses cleft and brast,
And drew forth flowing streams of waters clear,
Like mercy, Lord, like grace on us down cast;
And though our merits less than theirs appear,
Thy grace supply that want, for though they be
Thy first-born son, thy children yet are we."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ann Veronica by H. G. Wells:
began to weep with terror at herself. Apparently she was always
doomed to weep when she talked to her father. But he was always
forcing her to say and do such unexpectedly conclusive things.
She feared he might take her tears as a sign of weakness. So she
said: "I won't come home. I'd rather starve!"
For a moment the conversation hung upon that declaration. Then
Mr. Stanley, putting his hands on the table in the manner rather
of a barrister than a solicitor, and regarding her balefully
through his glasses with quite undisguised animosity, asked, "And
may I presume to inquire, then, what you mean to do?--how do you
propose to live?"