|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
Madam, you cannot stay a trial for blood.
I will not tarry then to hear this man
Rail with rude tongue against our sacred person.
You cannot leave this court until the prisoner
Be purged or guilty of this dread offence.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
this matter out, and, with your permission, I should like to lay
before you the results.'
'Fire away,' said Michael; 'but please, Pitman, remember it's
Sunday, and let's have no bad language.'
'There are three views open to us,' began Pitman. 'First this may
be connected with the barrel; second, it may be connected with Mr
Semitopolis's statue; and third, it may be from my wife's
brother, who went to Australia. In the first case, which is of
course possible, I confess the matter would be best allowed to
'The court is with you there, Brother Pitman,' said Michael.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy:
hardly refrain from tears. Surely nothing more pitiable had ever
been known than the condition of this poor young thing, now as
heretofore the victim of her father's well-meant but blundering
Even in the hour of Melbury's greatest assurance Winterborne had
harbored a suspicion that no law, new or old, could undo Grace's
marriage without her appearance in public; though he was not
sufficiently sure of what might have been enacted to destroy by
his own words her pleasing idea that a mere dash of the pen, on
her father's testimony, was going to be sufficient. But he had
never suspected the sad fact that the position was irremediable.