|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake:
A couching lion lay.
Turning back was vain:
Soon his heavy mane
Bore them to the ground,
Then he stalked around,
Smelling to his prey;
But their fears allay
When he licks their hands,
And silent by them stands.
They look upon his eyes,
Filled with deep surprise;
Songs of Innocence and Experience
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:
of one of the guards. Comminges looked up and saw amidst the
smoke the threatening face of Louvieres appearing at the
window of the second floor.
"Very well, sir," said Comminges, "you shall hear of this
"And you of me, sir," said Louvieres; "and we shall see then
who can speak the loudest."
Friquet and Nanette continued to shout; the cries, the noise
of the shot and the intoxicating smell of powder produced
their usual maddening effects.
"Down with the officer! down with him!" was the cry.
Twenty Years After
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith:
HARDCASTLE. And I'm astonished at the deliberate intrepidity of his
SIR CHARLES. I dare pledge my life and honour upon his truth.
HARDCASTLE. Here comes my daughter, and I would stake my happiness
upon her veracity.
Enter MISS HARDCASTLE.
HARDCASTLE. Kate, come hither, child. Answer us sincerely and
without reserve: has Mr. Marlow made you any professions of love and
MISS HARDCASTLE. The question is very abrupt, sir. But since you
She Stoops to Conquer