|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"There was something glittering in there," Sullivan resumed, "and
on impulse I picked it up. Then I dropped the curtains and stumbled
back to my own berth."
"Where you wiped your hands on the bed-clothing and stuck the dirk
into the pillow." Hotchkiss was seeing his carefully built
structure crumbling to pieces, and he looked chagrined.
"I suppose I did - I'm not very clear about what happened then.
But when I rallied a little I saw a Russia leather wallet lying in
the aisle almost at my feet, and, like a fool, I stuck it, with
the bit of chain, into my bag.
"I sat there, shivering, for what seemed hours. It was still
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Gorgias by Plato:
desire to conceal, and hence they say that intemperance is base. As I have
remarked already, they enslave the nobler natures, and being unable to
satisfy their pleasures, they praise temperance and justice out of their
own cowardice. For if a man had been originally the son of a king, or had
a nature capable of acquiring an empire or a tyranny or sovereignty, what
could be more truly base or evil than temperance--to a man like him, I say,
who might freely be enjoying every good, and has no one to stand in his
way, and yet has admitted custom and reason and the opinion of other men to
be lords over him?--must not he be in a miserable plight whom the
reputation of justice and temperance hinders from giving more to his
friends than to his enemies, even though he be a ruler in his city? Nay,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
spoke English perfectly; there were travellers who spoke no
English at all; and as usual each guest sought to practise
himself in the tongue he knew least. There was the usual
eagerness among the fashionable vulgar to make acquaintance
with anything that combined broken English and a title; and two
minutes after a Russian prince had seated himself comfortably
on a sofa beside Kate, he was vehemently tapped on the shoulder
by Mrs. Courtenay Brash with the endearing summons: "Why!
Prince, I didn't see as you was here. Do you set comfortable
where you be? Come over to this window, and tell all you know!"
The prince might have felt that his summons was abrupt, but