|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
Tressilian; "however, I must uphold my share in this wager,
having once passed my word to that effect. But lend me, I pray,
some of thy counsel. This Foster, who or what is he, and why
makes he such mystery of his female inmate?"
"Troth," replied Gosling, "I can add but little to what you heard
last night. He was one of Queen Mary's Papists, and now he is
one of Queen Elizabeth's Protestants; he was an onhanger of the
Abbot of Abingdon; and now he lives as master of the Manor-house.
Above all, he was poor, and is rich. Folk talk of private
apartments in his old waste mansion-house, bedizened fine enough
to serve the Queen, God bless her! Some men think he found a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
Merciful One, ask concerning Him of One who is aware.
And when it is said, 'Adore ye the Merciful!' they say, 'What is the
Merciful? shall we adore what thou dost order us?' and it only
increases their aversion.
Blessed be He who placed in the heavens zodiacal signs, and placed
therein the lamp and an illuminating moon!
And He it is who made the night and the day alternating for him
who desires to remember or who wishes to be thankful.
And the servants of the Merciful are those who walk upon the earth
lowly, and when the ignorant address them, say, 'Peace!' And those who
pass the night adoring their Lord and standing; and those who say,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ann Veronica by H. G. Wells:
Capes watched the limpid water dripping from his oar. "I wish
they did," he said, "but they don't."
"I feel-- All this is the rightest of all conceivable things. I
want to tell every one. I want to boast myself."
"I told them a lie. I told them lies. I wrote three letters
yesterday and tore them up. It was so hopeless to put it to
them. At last--I told a story."
"You didn't tell them our position?"
"I implied we had married."