|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"Stuart," he said sternly, "there are two very serious things we
have learned about you. First, you jab your scarf pins into your
cushion with your left hand, which is most reprehensible; second,
you wear - er - night-shirts, instead of pajamas. Worse than that,
perhaps, we find that one of them has a buttonhole torn out at the
Stuart was bewildered. He looked from McKnight to me, and then at
the crestfallen Hotchkiss.
"I haven't any idea what it's all about," he said. "I was arrested
as I reached my boarding-house to-night, after the theater, and
brought directly here. I told the officer it was a mistake."
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare:
If best were as it was, or best without.
His qualities were beauteous as his form,
For maiden-tongued he was, and thereof free;
Yet if men mov'd him, was he such a storm
As oft 'twixt May and April is to see,
When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be.
His rudeness so with his authoriz'd youth
Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.
'Well could he ride, and often men would say
That horse his mettle from his rider takes:
Proud of subjection, noble by the sway,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Essays & Lectures by Oscar Wilde:
our modern discoveries in the matter. The passage in question is
in every way one of the most interesting in his whole work, not, of
course, as signifying any inclination on his part to acquiesce in
the supernatural, but because it shows how essentially logical and
rational his method of argument was, and how candid and fair his
Having now examined Polybius's attitude towards the supernatural
and the general ideas which guided his research, I will proceed to
examine the method he pursued in his scientific investigation of
the complex phenomena of life. For, as I have said before in the
course of this essay, what is important in all great writers is not