|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
lifted the door, and then went down a steep flight of stone
steps, and the Fiddler followed close at his heels. Down below it
was as light as day, for in the centre of the room hung a great
lamp that shone with a bright light and lit up all the place as
bright as day. In the floor were set three great basins of
marble: one was nearly full of silver, one of gold, and one of
gems of all sorts.
"All this is mine," said the old man, "and after I am gone it
shall be yours. It was left to me as I will leave it to you, and
in the meantime you may come and go as you choose and fill your
pockets whenever you wish to. But there is one thing you must not
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Prufrock/Other Observations by T. S. Eliot:
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all"--
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: "That is not what I meant at all;
That is not it, at all."
And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the
And this, and so much more?--
It is impossible to say just what I mean I
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
hidden by the curtains, never minding that her favorite waltz
had begun, till some one touched her, and turning, she saw
Laurie, looking penitent, as he said, with his very best bow
and his hand out...
"Please forgive my rudeness, and come and dance with me."
"I'm afraid it will be to disagreeable to you," said Meg,
trying to look offended and failing entirely.
"Not a bit of it, I'm dying to do it. Come, I'll be good.
I don't like your gown, but I do think you are just splendid."
And he waved his hands, as if words failed to express his