|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery:
the picnic with nothing on my mind."
"Picnic, indeed! You'll go to no picnic today, Anne Shirley.
That shall be your punishment. And it isn't half severe enough
either for what you've done!"
"Not go to the picnic!" Anne sprang to her feet and clutched
Marilla's hand. "But you PROMISED me I might! Oh, Marilla, I
must go to the picnic. That was why I confessed. Punish me any
way you like but that. Oh, Marilla, please, please, let me go to
the picnic. Think of the ice cream! For anything you know I may
never have a chance to taste ice cream again."
Marilla disengaged Anne's clinging hands stonily.
Anne of Green Gables
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Symposium by Plato:
feels no want.' 'But who then, Diotima,' I said, 'are the lovers of
wisdom, if they are neither the wise nor the foolish?' 'A child may answer
that question,' she replied; 'they are those who are in a mean between the
two; Love is one of them. For wisdom is a most beautiful thing, and Love
is of the beautiful; and therefore Love is also a philosopher or lover of
wisdom, and being a lover of wisdom is in a mean between the wise and the
ignorant. And of this too his birth is the cause; for his father is
wealthy and wise, and his mother poor and foolish. Such, my dear Socrates,
is the nature of the spirit Love. The error in your conception of him was
very natural, and as I imagine from what you say, has arisen out of a
confusion of love and the beloved, which made you think that love was all
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
suggested gently. 'He knows the way to the house.'
"The old man said with extraordinary fervour, 'Oh, yes I will,'
pulled up his horse and they went on. She told me that she could
feel her heart-beats for a long time. The remote power of that
voice, those old eyes full of tears, that noble and ruined face,
had affected her extraordinarily she said. But perhaps what
affected her was the shadow, the still living shadow of a great
passion in the man's heart.
"Allegre remarked to her calmly: 'He has been a little mad all his
The Arrow of Gold