|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
to play the young lady of experience. But soon we grew plainer with
each other. I laid aside my high, clipped English (what little there
was left of it) and forgot to make my Edinburgh bows and scrapes; she,
upon her side, fell into a sort of kind familiarity; and we dwelt
together like those of the same household, only (upon my side) with a
more deep emotion. About the same time the bottom seemed to fall out
of our conversation, and neither one of us the less pleased. Whiles
she would tell me old wives' tales, of which she had a wonderful
variety, many of them from my friend red-headed Niel. She told them
very pretty, and they were pretty enough childish tales; but the
pleasure to myself was in the sound of her voice, and the thought that
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:
gifts, it is notorious, people commonly bestow them largely upon those
they hate, and that too when their fears are gravest, hoping to avert
impending evil. Nay, these are nothing more nor less than acts of
slavery, and they may fairly be set down as such.
 Or, "the compliance of cold lips where love is not reciprocated
is . . ."
 Or, "to rank injustice."
But honours have a very different origin, as different to my mind
as are the sentiments to which they give expression. See how, for
instance, men of common mould will single out a man, who is a man,
they feel, and competent to be their benefactor; one from whom they
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy:
Father!' he muttered, and was comforted by the consciousness
that he was not alone but that there was One who heard him and
would not abandon him. He gave a deep sigh, and keeping the
sackcloth over his head he got inside the sledge and lay down
in the place where his master had been.
But he could not get warm in the sledge either. At first he
shivered all over, then the shivering ceased and little by
little he began to lose consciousness. He did not know whether
he was dying or falling asleep, but felt equally prepared for
the one as for the other.
Master and Man