|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:
between myself and a young person.
ALGERNON. [Languidly.] I don't know that I am much interested in
your family life, Lane.
LANE. No, sir; it is not a very interesting subject. I never
think of it myself.
ALGERNON. Very natural, I am sure. That will do, Lane, thank you.
LANE. Thank you, sir. [LANE goes out.]
ALGERNON. Lanes views on marriage seem somewhat lax. Really, if
the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the
use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf:
shabbier and got shabbier summer after summer. The mat was fading; the
wall-paper was flapping. You couldn't tell any more that those were roses
on it. Still, if every door in a house is left perpetually open, and no
lockmaker in the whole of Scotland can mend a bolt, things must spoil.
Every door was left open. She listened. The drawing-room door was open;
the hall door was open; it sounded as if the bedroom doors were open; and
certainly the window on the landing was open, for that she had opened
herself. That windows should be open, and doors shut--simple as it was,
could none of them remember it? She would go into the maids' bedrooms
at night and find them sealed like ovens, except for Marie's, the Swiss
girl, who would rather go without a bath than without fresh air, but then
To the Lighthouse
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring by George Bernard Shaw:
that the minority who were ready did not understand him. The
International, founded in 1861 by Karl Marx in London, and
mistaken for several years by nervous newspapers for a red
spectre, was really only a turnip ghost. It achieved some
beginnings of International Trade Unionism by inducing English
workmen to send money to support strikes on the continent, and
recalling English workers who had been taken across the North Sea
to defeat such strikes; but on its revolutionary socialistic side
it was a romantic figment. The suppression of the Paris Commune,
one of the most tragic examples in history of the pitilessness
with which capable practical administrators and soldiers are