|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
The Earl's question fell upon Myles so suddenly and unexpectedly
that for a moment or so he stood staring at the speaker with
mouth agape. Meanwhile the Earl sat looking calmly back at him,
slowly stroking his beard the while.
It was Sir James Lee's voice that broke the silence. "Thou
heardst thy Lord speak," said he, harshly. "Hast thou no tongue
to answer, sirrah?"
"Be silent, Lee," said Lord Mackworth, quietly. "Let the lad have
time to think before he speaketh."
The sound of the words aroused Myles. He advanced to the table,
and rested his hand upon it. "My Lord--my Lord," said he, "I know
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
correct composition of the picture I wish to sketch. Further, I
endeavour to make my diction literary, my definitions brief and
precise, my wording, as far as possible, simple and eloquent.
Every minute I have to pull myself up and remember that I have
only an hour and forty minutes at my disposal. In short, one has
one's work cut out. At one and the same minute one has to play
the part of savant and teacher and orator, and it's a bad thing
if the orator gets the upper hand of the savant or of the teacher
in one, or _vice versa_.
You lecture for a quarter of an hour, for half an hour, when you
notice that the students are beginning to look at the ceiling, at
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
man troubled me so much when he spoke of his family with such a
sensible concern and in such an affectionate manner, that I could not
satisfy myself at first to go at all. I told him I would lay aside my
curiosity rather than make him uneasy, though I was sure, and very
thankful for it, that I had no more distemper upon me than the freshest
man in the world. Well, he would not have me put it off neither, but
to let me see how confident he was that I was just to him, now
importuned me to go; so when the tide came up to his boat I went in,
and he carried me to Greenwich. While he bought the things which
he had in his charge to buy, I walked up to the top of the hill under
which the town stands, and on the east side of the town, to get a
A Journal of the Plague Year