|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw:
good if Tolstoy's name were put in place of mine and D'Annunzio's
in place of Tolstoy. At the same time I accept the enormous
compliment to my reasoning powers with sincere complacency; and I
promise my flatterer that when he is sufficiently accustomed to
and therefore undazzled by problem on the stage to be able to
attend to the familiar factor of humanity in it as well as to the
unfamiliar one of a real environment, he will both see and feel
that Mrs Warren's Profession is no mere theorem, but a play of
instincts and temperaments in conflict with each other and with a
flinty social problem that never yields an inch to mere
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
in order that the coming contest and all our wishes may prosper,
and that our matters may run smoothly with the stream, adorn thou
with thy presence this public festival, and gird on for thy
strong sword the favour of the gods, and well befall thee!"
When the mighty in wickedness had thus boasted himself and
thought of mischief all the day long (let David bear his part in
our chorus), and when, as saith Esay, he had given his neighbour
a drink of turbid dregs, by the help of the evil spirits his
comrades he made the king utterly to forget the thoughts that
inclined him to salvation, and caused him again to cleave to his
wonted ways. Then the king despatched letters hither and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Persuasion by Jane Austen:
She is not satisfied. She is fastidious. My dear cousin"
(sitting down by her), "you have a better right to be fastidious
than almost any other woman I know; but will it answer?
Will it make you happy? Will it not be wiser to accept the society
of those good ladies in Laura Place, and enjoy all the advantages
of the connexion as far as possible? You may depend upon it,
that they will move in the first set in Bath this winter,
and as rank is rank, your being known to be related to them
will have its use in fixing your family (our family let me say)
in that degree of consideration which we must all wish for."
"Yes," sighed Anne, "we shall, indeed, be known to be related to them!"