|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
on her frayed nerves was Alison West keeping up, I wondered? Under
the circumstances, would I dare to return the bag? Knowing that I
had it, would she hate me for my knowledge? Or had I exaggerated
the importance of the necklace, and in that case had she forgotten
But McKnight had not gone, after all. I heard him coming back, his
voice preceding him, and I groaned with irritation.
"Wake up!" he called. "Somebody's sent you a lot of flowers.
Please hold the box, Mrs. Klopton; I'm going out to be run down by
I roused to feeble interest. My brother's wife is punctilious about
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
practised a similar shuffle just now, if we had only wanted to avoid the
appearance of inconsistency. And if we had been arguing in a court of law
there might have been reason in so doing; but why should a man deck himself
out with vain words at a meeting of friends such as this?
SOCRATES: I quite agree with you, Laches, that he should not. But perhaps
Nicias is serious, and not merely talking for the sake of talking. Let us
ask him just to explain what he means, and if he has reason on his side we
will agree with him; if not, we will instruct him.
LACHES: Do you, Socrates, if you like, ask him: I think that I have asked
SOCRATES: I do not see why I should not; and my question will do for both
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
you will be expected at Newport. We have a house there;
half the people in New York go there for the summer.
I am not sure that at this very moment my wife can take
you in; she has got a lot of people staying with her;
I don't know who they all are; only she may have no room.
But you can begin with the hotel, and meanwhile you can live
at my house. In that way--simply sleeping at the hotel--
you will find it tolerable. For the rest, you must make
yourself at home at my place. You mustn't be shy, you know;
if you are only here for a month that will be a great waste
of time. Mrs. Westgate won't neglect you, and you had better