|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
sharp as thy wits. Hence thou hast uttered these vain and
ambiguous babblings. Had I not promised, at the beginning of our
converse, to banish Anger from mid court, I had now given thy
body to be burned. But since thou hast prevented and tied me
down fast by my words, I bear with thine effrontery, by reason of
my former friendship with thee. Now, arise, and flee for ever
from my sight, lest I see thee again and miserably destroy thee."
So the man of God went out and withdrew to the desert, grieved to
have lost the crown of martyrdom, but daily a martyr in his
conscience, and `wrestling against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
Otto's suit, and the flight or captivity of Count Kasincsky,
leaving a large sum of money in Otto's hands, it would be easy for
"Jean," by mingled persuasions and threats, to move the latter to
flight, after dividing the money still remaining in his hands.
After the theft, and the partition, which took place beyond the
Polish frontier, "Jean" in turn, stole his accomplice's share,
together with the Von Herisau documents.
Exile and a year's experience of organized mendicancy did the rest.
Otto Lindenschmidt was one of those natures which possess no moral
elasticity--which have neither the power nor the comprehension of
atonement. The first real, unmitigated guilt--whether great or
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
to the poor girl, who committed herself to his care; and after the
interment of his friend he conducted her to Geneva and placed her
under the protection of a relation. Two years after this event
Caroline became his wife.
There was a considerable difference between the ages of my parents,
but this circumstance seemed to unite them only closer in
bonds of devoted affection. There was a sense of justice
in my father's upright mind which rendered it necessary that
he should approve highly to love strongly. Perhaps during former
years he had suffered from the late-discovered unworthiness of one
beloved and so was disposed to set a greater value on tried worth.