|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson:
well as in joy. It is this nearness of examination necessary
for any true and kind writing, that makes the practice of the
art a prolonged and noble education for the writer.
There is plenty to do, plenty to say, or to say over again,
in the meantime. Any literary work which conveys faithful
facts or pleasing impressions is a service to the public. It
is even a service to be thankfully proud of having rendered.
The slightest novels are a blessing to those in distress, not
chloroform itself a greater. Our fine old sea-captain's life
was justified when Carlyle soothed his mind with THE KING'S
OWN or NEWTON FORSTER. To please is to serve; and so far
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
seed in; this cut so close to the quick of truth that discourse must keep
wide away from it. What, then, could I ask them? As I pondered, Mrs.
Weguelin solved it for me by what she was saying to Mrs. Gregory, of
which, in my preoccupation, I had evidently missed a part:--
"--if he should share the family bad taste in wives."
"Eliza says she has no fear of that."
"Were I Eliza, Hugh's performance would make me very uneasy."
"Julia, John does not resemble Hugh."
"Very decidedly, in coloring, Maria."
"And Hugh found that girl in Minneapolis, Julia, where there was
doubtless no pick for the poor fellow. And remember that George chose a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Pericles by William Shakespeare:
That flies i' the purer air!
I did not think
Thou couldst have spoke so well; ne'er dream'd thou couldst.
Had I brought hither a corrupted mind,
Thy speech had alter'd it. Hold, here 's gold for thee:
Persever in that clear way thou goest,
And the gods strengthen thee!
The good gods preserve you!