|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
doth any motion of mine escape thee" (A. Lang); and see Arrian,
"Epictet." i. 12. 3.
 Cf. Ps. cxxxix. "Domine probasti."
 See "Mem." I. i. 3; "Apol." xii. 13; "Cyrop." VIII. vii. 3.
Then Socrates: All this I well believe, but there is one thing I
would gladly learn of you: What service do you pay the gods, so to
secure their friendship?
 Lit. "Nay, nought of the things you tell us is incredible,
but . . ."
Truly it is not a ruinous service, Socrates (he answered)--far from
it. I give them thanks, which is not costly. I make return to them of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:
Listen! I, Hercule Poirot, affirm that the man who entered the
chemist's shop, and purchased strychnine at six o'clock on Monday
last was not Mr. Inglethorp, for at six o'clock on that day Mr.
Inglethorp was escorting Mrs. Raikes back to her home from a
neighbouring farm. I can produce no less than five witnesses to
swear to having seen them together, either at six or just after
and, as you may know, the Abbey Farm, Mrs. Raikes's home, is at
least two and a half miles distant from the village. There is
absolutely no question as to the alibi!"
CHAPTER VIII. FRESH SUSPICIONS
There was a moment's stupefied silence. Japp, who was the least
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
kernal in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes;
trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them
tame, and know their natures.--Farewell, monsieur; I have spoken
better of you than you have or will to deserve at my hand; but we
must do good against evil.
An idle lord, I swear.
I think so.