|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
wide, at this place, but as they followed the banks in a
northerly direction it gradually broadened.
Suddenly the blue-green leaves of the trees changed to a purple
hue, and Trot noticed this and said:
"I wonder what made the colors change like that?"
"It's because we have left the Munchkin Country and entered the
Gillikin Country," explained the Glass Cat. "Also it's a sign
our journey is nearly ended."
The river made a sudden turn, and after the travelers had
passed around the bend, they saw that the stream had now become
as broad as a small lake, and in the center of the Lake they
The Magic of Oz
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
"My dear Art,
"Van Helsing has come and gone. He came on with me to Hillingham,
and found that, by Lucy's discretion, her mother was lunching out,
so that we were alone with her.
"Van Helsing made a very careful examination of the patient.
He is to report to me, and I shall advise you, for of course I was
not present all the time. He is, I fear, much concerned, but says
he must think. When I told him of our friendship and how you trust
to me in the matter, he said, `You must tell him all you think.
Tell him him what I think, if you can guess it, if you will. Nay, I am
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
not, and when we ought or ought not to go to war?
SOCRATES: But how is this, friend Alcibiades? Have you forgotten that you
do not know this, or have you been to the schoolmaster without my
knowledge, and has he taught you to discern the just from the unjust? Who
is he? I wish you would tell me, that I may go and learn of him--you shall
ALCIBIADES: You are mocking, Socrates.
SOCRATES: No, indeed; I most solemnly declare to you by Zeus, who is the
God of our common friendship, and whom I never will forswear, that I am
not; tell me, then, who this instructor is, if he exists.