|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
snowing hard, midnight. He is about to enter the horse-car when
a gray and ragged old woman, a touching picture of misery, puts
out her lean hand and begs for rescue from hunger and death. The
man finds that he has a quarter in his pocket, but he does not
hesitate: he gives it her and trudges home through the storm.
There--it is noble, it is beautiful; its grace is marred by no
fleck or blemish or suggestion of self-interest.
O.M. What makes you think that?
Y.M. Pray what else could I think? Do you imagine that
there is some other way of looking at it?
O.M. Can you put yourself in the man's place and tell me
What is Man?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
way to stop it."
"Yes, indeed, Majesty," put in Alfred, "you have hit upon an
interesting time to visit us."
"Wal, thet sure 'pears to be so," rejoined Stillwell. "Stewart
got in trouble down heah to-day, an' I'm more than sorry to hev
to tell you thet your name figgered in it. But I couldn't blame
him, fer I sure would hev done the same myself."
"That so?" queried Aifred, laughing. "Well, tell us about it."
Madeline simply gazed at her brother, and, though he seemed
amused at her consternation, there was mortification in his face.
It required no great perspicuity, Madeline thought, to see that
The Light of Western Stars
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac:
most agreeable financiers who had served under the Empire, and who was
of course presented by Monsieur de la Baudraye to his wife.
As soon as he was released from his functions, Monsieur de la Baudraye
returned to Paris to come to an understanding with some other debtors.
This time he was made a Referendary under the Great Seal, Baron, and
Officer of the Legion of Honor. He sold the appointment as
Referendary; and then the Baron de la Baudraye called on his last
remaining debtors, and reappeared at Sancerre as Master of Appeals,
with an appointment as Royal Commissioner to a commercial association
established in the Nivernais, at a salary of six thousand francs, an
absolute sinecure. So the worthy La Baudraye, who was supposed to have
The Muse of the Department