|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:
Supposing, then, a regiment of cavalry drawn up in this formation:
just as the squadron-leaders have their several positions for the
march (or the attack) assigned them by the commander, so the file-
leaders will depend upon the captain for the order passed along the
line in what formation they are severally to march; and all being
prearranged by word of mouth, the whole will work more smoothly than
if left to chance--like people crowding out of a theatre to their
mutual annoyance. And when it comes to actual encounter greater
promptitude will be displayed: supposing the attack is made in front,
by the file-leaders who know that this is their appointed post; or in
case of danger suddenly appearing in rear, then by the rear-rank men,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
proximumque Helvetiorum finibus Genava. Ex eo oppido pons ad Helvetios
pertinet. Allobrogibus sese vel persuasuros, quod nondum bono animo in
populum Romanum viderentur, existimabant vel vi coacturos ut per suos
fines eos ire paterentur. Omnibus rebus ad profectionem comparatis diem
dicunt, qua die ad ripam Rhodani omnes conveniant. Is dies erat a. d. V.
Kal. Apr. L. Pisone, A. Gabinio consulibus.
Caesari cum id nuntiatum esset, eos per provincia nostram iter facere
conari, maturat ab urbe proficisci et quam maximis potest itineribus in
Galliam ulteriorem contendit et ad Genavam pervenit. Provinciae toti quam
maximum potest militum numerum imperat (erat omnino in Gallia ulteriore
legio una), pontem, qui erat ad Genavam, iubet rescindi. Ubi de eius
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Three Taverns by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Do you see me on your threshold all my life, and there alone?
Will you tell me where you see me in your fancy -- when it leads you
Far enough beyond the moment for a glance at the abyss?"
"Will you tell me what intrinsic and amazing sort of nonsense
You are crowding on the patience of the man who gives you -- this?
Look around you and be sorry you're not living in an attic,
With a civet and a fish-net, and with you to pay the rent.
I say words that you can spell without the use of all your letters;
And I grant, if you insist, that I've a guess at what you meant."
"Have I told you, then, for nothing, that I met him? Are you trying
To be merry while you try to make me hate you?"