|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring by George Bernard Shaw:
In the original poem, Brynhild delays her self-immolation on the
pyre of Siegfried to read the assembled choristers a homily on
the efficacy of the Love panacea. "My holiest wisdom's hoard,"
she says, "now I make known to the world. I believe not in
property, nor money, nor godliness, nor hearth and high place,
nor pomp and peerage, nor contract and custom, but in Love. Let
that only prevail; and ye shall be blest in weal or woe." Here
the repudiations still smack of Bakoonin; but the saviour is no
longer the volition of the full-grown spirit of Man, the Free
Willer of Necessity, sword in hand, but simply Love, and not even
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
"Well--er--er--Why, Mary, I can't!"
"You CAN'T? WHY can't you?"
"You see, he--well, he--he made me promise I wouldn't."
The wife looked him over, and said, very slowly:
"Made--you--promise? Edward, what do you tell me that for?"
"Mary, do you think I would lie?"
She was troubled and silent for a moment, then she laid her hand
within his and said:
"No . . . no. We have wandered far enough from our bearings--God
spare us that! In all your life you have never uttered a lie. But
now--now that the foundations of things seem to be crumbling from
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Adventure by Jack London:
Three days later Sheldon caught one of the boys, helpless from
swamp fever, and unable to fight or run away. On the same day
Seelee caught the second boy in similar condition. Gogoomy alone
remained at large; and, as the pursuit closed in on him, he
conquered his fear of the bushmen and headed straight in for the
mountainous backbone of the island. Sheldon with four Tahitians,
and Seelee with thirty of his hunters, followed Gogoomy's trail a
dozen miles into the open grass-lands, and then Seelee and his
people lost heart. He confessed that neither he nor any of his
tribe had ever ventured so far inland before, and he narrated, for