|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
be legitimate: wherefore we declare war against the whole world,
and every forester is by this legitimate declaration legitimately
invested with a roving commission, to make lawful prize of every
thing that comes in his way.
"III. All forest laws but our own we declare to be null and void.
"IV. All such of the old laws of England as do not in any
way interfere with, or militate against, the views of this
honourable assembly, we will loyally adhere to and maintain.
The rest we declare null and void as far as relates to ourselves,
in all cases wherein a vigour beyond the law may be conducive
to our own interest and preservation."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
I went to my room, bound a pink scarf about my hair, and took a volume of
Morike's lyrics into the garden. A great bush of purple lilac grew behind
the summer-house. There I sat down, finding a sad significance in the
delicate suggestion of half mourning. I began to write a poem myself.
"They sway and languish dreamily,
And we, close pressed, are kissing there."
It ended! "Close pressed" did not sound at all fascinating. Savoured of
wardrobes. Did my wild rose then already trail in the dust? I chewed a
leaf and hugged my knees. Then--magic moment--I heard voices from the
summer-house, the sister of the Baroness and the student from Bonn.
Second-hand was better than nothing; I pricked up my ears.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
But the summer "holidays" brought a marked difference; they were
holidays for almost every one but the animals in the cage. The
August days were flat and dry, and, with so little to feed it, she
was conscious of the ebb of her interest in the secrets of the
refined. She was in a position to follow the refined to the extent
of knowing--they had made so many of their arrangements with her
aid--exactly where they were; yet she felt quite as if the panorama
had ceased unrolling and the band stopped playing. A stray member
of the latter occasionally turned up, but the communications that
passed before her bore now largely on rooms at hotels, prices of