|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
bascinet as gentles should, and not in a wrestling match like two
"Thou art a coward caitiff, Walter Blunt!" burst out Wilkes, who
stood by with a swelling lump upon his head, already as big as a
walnut. "Well thou knowest that Falworth is no match for thee at
broadsword play. Is he not four years younger than thou, and hast
thou not had three times the practice in arms that he hath had? I
say thou art a coward to seek to fight with cutting weapons."
Blunt made no answer to Wilkes's speech, but gazed steadfastly at
Myles, with a scornful smile curling the corners of his lips.
Myles stood looking upon the ground without once lifting his
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Euthyphro by Plato:
and is not this the same as what is dear to them--do you see?
SOCRATES: Then either we were wrong in our former assertion; or, if we
were right then, we are wrong now.
EUTHYPHRO: One of the two must be true.
SOCRATES: Then we must begin again and ask, What is piety? That is an
enquiry which I shall never be weary of pursuing as far as in me lies; and
I entreat you not to scorn me, but to apply your mind to the utmost, and
tell me the truth. For, if any man knows, you are he; and therefore I must
detain you, like Proteus, until you tell. If you had not certainly known
the nature of piety and impiety, I am confident that you would never, on
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Man of Business by Honore de Balzac:
beholding the Sieur Denisart.
"And indeed the old soldier held himself upright as a steeple. His
head was remarkable for the amount of powder and pomatum bestowed upon
it; he looked almost like a postilion at a fancy ball. Underneath that
felted covering, moulded to the top of the wearer's cranium, appeared
an elderly profile, half-official, half-soldierly, with a comical
admixture of arrogance,--altogether something like caricatures of the
/Constitutionnel/. The sometime official finding that age, and hair-
powder, and the conformation of his spine made it impossible to read a
word without spectacles, sat displaying a very creditable expanse of
chest with all the pride of an old man with a mistress. Like old