|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
as episodes to this great epic of self-help. The epic is composed of
individual heroisms; it stands to them as the victorious war which
subdued an empire stands to the personal act of bravery which spiked
a single cannon and was adequately rewarded with a medal. For in
emigration the young men enter direct and by the shipload on their
heritage of work; empty continents swarm, as at the bo's'un's
whistle, with industrious hands, and whole new empires are
domesticated to the service of man.
This is the closet picture, and is found, on trial, to consist mostly
of embellishments. The more I saw of my fellow-passengers, the less
I was tempted to the lyric note. Comparatively few of the men were
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:
goes down again: she has probably judged the attempt too
dangerous. I move to a second, a third, a fourth burrow: still
nothing; the huntress refuses to leave her lair.
Fortune at last smiles upon my patience, which has been heavily
tried by all these prudent retreats and particularly by the fierce
heat of the dog-days. A Spider suddenly rushes from her hole: she
has been rendered warlike, doubtless, by prolonged abstinence. The
tragedy that happens under the cover of the bottle lasts for but
the twinkling of an eye. It is over: the sturdy Carpenter-bee is
dead. Where did the murderess strike her? That is easily
ascertained: the Tarantula has not let go; and her fangs are
The Life of the Spider
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
When Snooky and Howard had seated themselves, but one chair--at
the end of the breakfast-table, opposite Mr. Bessemer--remained
"Is your sister--is Miss Travis going to have her breakfast now?
Is she got up yet?" inquired Victorine of Howard and Snooky, as
she pushed the cream pitcher out of Howard's reach. It was
significant of Mr. Bessemer's relations with his family that
Victorine did not address her question to him.