|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:
attention to the horses' feet, and see that they will stand being
ridden over rough ground. A horse, one knows, is practically useless
where he cannot be galloped without suffering.
 Lit. "in process of being raised."
 Or, "to press home a charge a l'outrance, or retire from the field
And now, supposing that your horses are all that they ought to be,
like pains must be applied to train the men themselves. The trooper,
in the first place, must be able to spring on horseback easily--a feat
to which many a man has owed his life ere now. And next, he must be
able to ride with freedom over every sort of ground, since any
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
O ye who believe! if ye fear God He will make for you a
discrimination, and will cover for you your offences, and will forgive
you; for God is Lord of mighty grace.
And when those who misbelieve were crafty with thee to detain thee a
prisoner, or kill thee, or drive thee forth; they were crafty, but God
was crafty too, for God is best of crafty ones!
But when our verses were rehearsed to them they said, 'We have
already heard.- If we pleased we could speak like this; verily, this
is nothing but tales of those of yore.'
When they said, 'O God! if this be truth, and from Thee, then rain
upon us stones from heaven or bring us grievous woe!'
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy:
direction, two of the most beautiful of the Hamburghs
in her arms, and followed the maid-servant, who had
likewise taken two, to the adjacent mansion, which,
though ornate and imposing, showed traces everywhere on
this side that some occupant of its chambers could bend
to the love of dumb creatures--feathers floating within
view of the front, and hen-coops standing on the grass.
In a sitting-room on the ground-floor, ensconced in an
armchair with her back to the light, was the owner and
mistress of the estate, a white-haired woman of not
more than sixty, or even less, wearing a large cap.
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman