|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:
JACK and ALGERNON [Speaking together.] Our Christian names! Is
that all? But we are going to be christened this afternoon.
GWENDOLEN. [To JACK.] For my sake you are prepared to do this
JACK. I am.
CECILY. [To ALGERNON.] To please me you are ready to face this
ALGERNON. I am!
GWENDOLEN. How absurd to talk of the equality of the sexes! Where
questions of self-sacrifice are concerned, men are infinitely
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
save the plain fact, that some men will be always able to pay more
for their children's education than others; and that those children
will, inevitably, win in the struggle of life.
Meanwhile, in this fact is to be found the most weighty, if not the
only argument against manhood suffrage, which would admit many--but
too many, alas!--who are still mere boys in mind. To a reasonable
household suffrage it cannot apply. The man who (being almost
certainly married, and having children) can afford to rent a 5 pound
tenement in a town, or in the country either, has seen quite enough
of life, and learnt quite enough of it, to form a very fair judgment
of the man who offers to represent him in Parliament; because he has
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
for want of cultivation, imperfect. I contented myself with these
discoveries for this time, and came back, musing with myself what
course I might take to know the virtue and goodness of any of the
fruits or plants which I should discover, but could bring it to no
conclusion; for, in short, I had made so little observation while I
was in the Brazils, that I knew little of the plants in the field;
at least, very little that might serve to any purpose now in my
The next day, the sixteenth, I went up the same way again; and
after going something further than I had gone the day before, I
found the brook and the savannahs cease, and the country become