|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
great northern rebellion, in 1569, which was quelled, in a great
measure, by his military talents. He was, therefore, naturally
surrounded and looked up to by those who wished to make arms
their road to distinction. The Earl of Sussex, moreover, was of
more ancient and honourable descent than his rival, uniting in
his person the representation of the Fitz-Walters, as well as of
the Ratcliffes; while the scutcheon of Leicester was stained by
the degradation of his grandfather, the oppressive minister of
Henry VII., and scarce improved by that of his father, the
unhappy Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, executed on Tower Hill,
August 22, 1553. But in person, features, and address, weapons
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain:
art thou that -- that --"
"Dares to hold such language," said Tom, prompt-
ing -- for they talked "by the book," from memory.
"Who art thou that dares to hold such language?"
"I, indeed! I am Robin Hood, as thy caitiff carcase
soon shall know."
"Then art thou indeed that famous outlaw? Right
gladly will I dispute with thee the passes of the merry
wood. Have at thee!"
They took their lath swords, dumped their other
traps on the ground, struck a fencing attitude, foot
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
lips to this school-boy recitation, and by reason of his imperfect
hearing had missed the marked realism of Stephen's tone in the
English words, now said hesitatingly: 'By the bye, Mr. Smith (I
know you'll excuse my curiosity), though your translation was
unexceptionably correct and close, you have a way of pronouncing
your Latin which to me seems most peculiar. Not that the
pronunciation of a dead language is of much importance; yet your
accents and quantities have a grotesque sound to my ears. I
thought first that you had acquired your way of breathing the
vowels from some of the northern colleges; but it cannot be so
with the quantities. What I was going to ask was, if your
A Pair of Blue Eyes