|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
As for you, O Polonius, you vex me but slightly;
But you, Tilburina, your eyes beam so brightly
In despite of their languishing looks, on my word,
That to see you look cross I can scarcely afford.
Yes! the silliest woman that smiles on a bard
Better far than Longinus himself can reward
The appeal to her feelings of which she approves;
And the critics I most care to please are the Loves.
Alas, friend! what boots it, a stone at his head
And a brass on his breast,--when a man is once dead?
Ay! were fame the sole guerdon, poor guerdon were then
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Secret Places of the Heart by H. G. Wells:
crowd of boating people and lookers-on. For a time their
conversation was broken. Sir Richmond resumed it.
"But this is where we cease to be Man on his Planet and all
the rest of it. This is where the idea of a definite task,
fanatically followed to the exclusion of all minor
considerations, breaks down. When the work is good, when we
are sure we are all right, then we may carry off things with
a high hand. But the work isn't always good, we aren't always
sure. We blunder, we make a muddle, we are fatigued. Then the
sacrificed affections come in as accusers. Then it is that we
want to be reassured."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
decidedly prevailed. Daisy tripped about the vaulted chambers,
rustled her skirts in the corkscrew staircases, flirted back with
a pretty little cry and a shudder from the edge of the oubliettes,
and turned a singularly well-shaped ear to everything that
Winterbourne told her about the place. But he saw that she
cared very little for feudal antiquities and that the dusky
traditions of Chillon made but a slight impression upon her.
They had the good fortune to have been able to walk about without
other companionship than that of the custodian; and Winterbourne
arranged with this functionary that they should not be hurried--
that they should linger and pause wherever they chose. The custodian