|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
The traitor's name?
Thou wilt hear that anon;
The Duke and other nobles at the Court
Are coming hither.
What of that? his name?
Do they not seem a valiant company
Of honourable, honest gentlemen?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the corner of these two, a very dark and cheerless tavern, by way
of principal hotel.
I had dressed myself somewhat more suitably to my station in life,
and at once called upon the minister in his little manse beside the
graveyard. He knew me, although it was more than nine years since
we had met; and when I told him that I had been long upon a walking
tour, and was behind with the news, readily lent me an armful of
newspapers, dating from a month back to the day before. With these
I sought the tavern, and, ordering some breakfast, sat down to
study the "Huddlestone Failure."
It had been, it appeared, a very flagrant case. Thousands of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
sharp. Death, deportation by the primitive method of setting the
criminal to sea in a canoe, fines, and in Samoa itself the penalty
of publicly biting a hot, ill-smelling root, comparable to a rough
forfeit in a children's game - these are approved. The offender is
killed, or punished and forgiven. We, on the other hand, harbour
malice for a period of years: continuous shame attaches to the
criminal; even when he is doing his best - even when he is
submitting to the worst form of torture, regular work - he is to
stand aside from life and from his family in dreadful isolation.
These ideas most Polynesians have accepted in appearance, as they
accept other ideas of the whites; in practice, they reduce it to a