|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Phantasmagoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll:
all risk of recognising the melody at all, at least from the too-
exciting transports which it might produce in a more concentrated
form. The process is termed "setting" by Composers, and any one,
that has ever experienced the emotion of being unexpectedly set
down in a heap of mortar, will recognise the truthfulness of this
For truly, just as the genuine Epicure lingers lovingly over a
morsel of supreme Venison - whose every fibre seems to murmur
"Excelsior!" - yet swallows, ere returning to the toothsome dainty,
great mouthfuls of oatmeal-porridge and winkles: and just as the
perfect Connoisseur in Claret permits himself but one delicate sip,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"Lower the drawbridge," ordered the officer. "It is
Captain Krantzwort on a mission for the king."
The soldier approached, raising a lantern, which he had
brought from the sentry box, and inspected the captain's
face. He seemed ill at ease. In the light of the lantern, the
American saw that he was scarce more than a boy--doubt-
less a recruit. He saw the expression of fear and awe with
which he regarded the officer, and it occurred to him that
the effect of the king's presence upon him would be abso-
lutely overpowering. Still the soldier hesitated.
"My orders are very strict, sir," he said. "I am to let no
The Mad King
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:
I'm not your father, I'm not your judge. I'm--unreasonably fond of
you. It's not my business to settle what is right or wrong for you.
If you want to stay in Moscow, stay in Moscow. Stay here, and stay
as my guest. . . ."
He stopped and remained staring at his friend for a little space.
"I didn't know," said Prothero brokenly; "I didn't know it was
possible to get so fond of a person. . . ."
Benham stood up. He had never found Prothero so attractive and so
abominable in his life before.
"I shall go to Odessa alone, Billy. I'll make things all right here
before I go. . . ."