|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad:
Karain never moved without that attendant, who stood or squatted close
at his back. He had a dislike of an open space behind him. It was more
than a dislike--it resembled fear, a nervous preoccupation of what
went on where he could not see. This, in view of the evident and
fierce loyalty that surrounded him, was inexplicable. He was there
alone in the midst of devoted men; he was safe from neighbourly
ambushes, from fraternal ambitions; and yet more than one of our
visitors had assured us that their ruler could not bear to be alone.
They said, "Even when he eats and sleeps there is always one on the
watch near him who has strength and weapons." There was indeed
always one near him, though our informants had no conception of that
Tales of Unrest
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
plain sense of our position," said I. "But if your lordship has no
need of my testimony, I believe the other side would be extremely
blythe to get it."
Prestongrange arose and began to pace to and fro in the room. "You are
not so young," he said, "but what you must remember very clearly the
year '45 and the shock that went about the country. I read in Pilrig's
letter that you are sound in Kirk and State. Who saved them in that
fatal year? I do not refer to His Royal Highness and his ramrods,
which were extremely useful in their day; but the country had been
saved and the field won before ever Cumberland came upon Drummossie.
Who saved it? I repeat; who saved the Protestant religion and the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from On Horsemanship by Xenophon:
approach it, you must teach him that there is nothing to be alarmed
at, particularly if he be a plucky animal; or, failing that, touch
the formidable object yourself, and then gently lead the horse up to
it. The opposite plan of forcing the frightened creature by blows only
intensifies its fear, the horse mentally associating the pain he
suffers at such a moment with the object of suspicion, which he
naturally regards as its cause.
 Cf. "Hell." v. iii. 7 for this maxim.
 Al. "if possibly by help of another and plucky animal."
If, when the groom brings up the horse to his master to mount, he
knows how to make him lower his back, to facilitate mounting, we