|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
how feeble, how untrue, how tedious; and, of course, when he
surrendered to his temperament, how good and powerful. And yet
never plain nor clear. He could not consent to be dull, and thus
became so. He would leave nothing undeveloped, and thus drowned
out of sight of land amid the multitude of crying and incongruous
details. There is but one art - to omit! O if I knew how to omit,
I would ask no other knowledge. A man who knew how to omit would
make an ILIAD of a daily paper.
Your definition of seeing is quite right. It is the first part of
omission to be partly blind. Artistic sight is judicious
blindness. Sam Bough must have been a jolly blind old boy. He
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling:
elephants to-night will--but why should I waste wisdom on a
"What will they do?" Little Toomai called out.
"Ohe, little one. Art thou there? Well, I will tell thee,
for thou hast a cool head. They will dance, and it behooves thy
father, who has swept all the hills of all the elephants, to
double-chain his pickets to-night."
"What talk is this?" said Big Toomai. "For forty years,
father and son, we have tended elephants, and we have never heard
such moonshine about dances."
"Yes; but a plainsman who lives in a hut knows only the four
The Jungle Book
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:
Assemblies to pass certain special measures relating to the
independent companies authorized by the ordinance. In response to this
request a new law had been promulgated a few days before this history
begins, organizing into regular legions the various weak and scattered
companies. These legions were to bear the names of the departments,--
Sarthe, Orne, Mayenne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Loire-Inferieure,
and Maine-et-Loire. "These legions," said the law, "will be specially
employed to fight the Chouans, and cannot, under any pretence, be sent
to the frontier."
The foregoing irksome details will explain both the weakness of the
Directory and the movement of this troop of men under escort of the