|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
knows, father. Somebody must be interpreter when the time comes;
somebody must remember while the rest of you are forgetting. Oh,
I shall be talked about, and set upon, and called hard names;
it won't be so easy. Stay where you are, De Courcy; that coat will
fit sooner than you think."
Her brother lifted his shoulders and made a grimace. "I've an
unlucky name, it seems," said he. "The old fellow--I mean Friend
Simon--pronounced it outlandish. Couldn't I change it to Ezra or
"Don't be alarmed, father. It will soon be as Sylvia says; thee's
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
arbitrary distinction, like the walking-swords of yore, might
have remained the symbol of foresight and respectability, had
not the raw mists and dropping showers of our island pointed
the inclination of Society to another exponent of those
virtues. A ribbon of the Legion of Honour or a string of
medals may prove a person's courage; a title may prove his
birth; a professorial chair his study and acquirement; but it
is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of
Respectability. The umbrella has become the acknowledged
index of social position.
Robinson Crusoe presents us with a touching instance of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Soul of a Bishop by H. G. Wells:
"Mm," said Serope with his eye on Eleanor.
"In these uncertain times," he began.
"Why shouldn't I take a risk too, Daddy?" said Eleanor sharply.
"I know there's that side of it," said the young man. "I
oughtn't to have telegraphed," he said.
"Can't I take a risk?" exclaimed Eleanor. "I'm not a doll. I
don't want to live in wadding until all the world is safe for
Scrope looked at the glowing face of the young man.
"Is this taking care of her?" he asked.