|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Complete Angler by Izaak Walton:
But, first, I will tell you how to make this Carp, that is so curious to be
caught, so curious a dish of meat as shall make him worth all your
labour and patience. And though it is not without some trouble and
charges, yet it will recompense both.
Take a Carp, alive if possible; scour him, and rub him clean with water
and salt, but scale him not: then open him; and put him, with his blood
and his liver, which you must save when you open him, into a small pot
or kettle: then take sweet marjoram, thyme, and parsley, of each half a
handful; a sprig of rosemary, and another of savoury; bind them into
two or three small bundles, and put them in your Carp, with four or five
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy:
"The gold is all gone. Another time I will give you more. Now
we will résumé our singing and dancing."
The little children sang, but Ivan said to them, "Your songs are
The children said, "Then show us how to sing better."
To this Ivan replied, "I will show you people who can sing better
than you." With that remark Ivan went to the barn and, securing
a bundle of straw, did as the little devil had directed him; and
presently a regiment of soldiers appeared in the village street,
and he ordered them to sing and dance.
The people were astonished and could not understand how Ivan had
The Kreutzer Sonata
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
corpses they cut strips from them with their knives, then squatted
upon their heels and ate. The rest looked on from a distance; they
uttered cries of horror;--many, nevertheless, being, at the bottom of
their souls, jealous of such courage.
In the middle of the night some of these approached, and, dissembling
their eagerness, asked for a small mouthful, merely to try, they said.
Bolder ones came up; their number increased; there was soon a crowd.
But almost all of them let their hands fall on feeling the cold flesh
on the edge of their lips; others, on the contrary, devoured it with
That they might be led away by example, they urged one another on