|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes:
[I thought she was hit, that time; - but the shot must have gone
over her, or on one side of her; she did not flinch.]
Oh, - said the schoolmistress, - he must look out for my sister's
heresies; I am afraid he will be too busy with them to take care of
Do you mean to say, - said I, - that it is YOUR SISTER whom that
[The young fellow commonly known as John, who had been sitting on
the barrel, smoking, jumped off just then, kicked over the barrel,
gave it a push with his foot that set it rolling, and stuck his
saucy-looking face in at the window so as to cut my question off in
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
'Why then,' said she, 'you had better go down to the village
after dark; and I can go with you, and then I am sure you could
never be suspected; and even if you were, I could tell them it
was altogether a mistake.'
'I will not permit that--I will not suffer Miss Hazeltine to go,'
cried Mr Bloomfield.
'Why?' asked Julia.
Mr Bloomfield had not the least desire to tell her why, for it
was simply a craven fear of being drawn himself into the
imbroglio; but with the usual tactics of a man who is ashamed of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift:
without the least tincture of learning, having made a discovery
that there was no God, and generously communicating their thoughts
for the good of the public, were some time ago, by an unparalleled
severity, and upon I know not what obsolete law, broke for
blasphemy. And as it has been wisely observed, if persecution once
begins, no man alive knows how far it may reach, or where it will
In answer to all which, with deference to wiser judgments, I think
this rather shows the necessity of a nominal religion among us.
Great wits love to be free with the highest objects; and if they
cannot be allowed a god to revile or renounce, they will speak evil