|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
in the treatment of the Sophist, in the satirical reasoning upon Homer, in
the reductio ad absurdum of the doctrine that vice is ignorance, traces of
a Platonic authorship. In reference to the last point we are doubtful, as
in some of the other dialogues, whether the author is asserting or
overthrowing the paradox of Socrates, or merely following the argument
'whither the wind blows.' That no conclusion is arrived at is also in
accordance with the character of the earlier dialogues. The resemblances
or imitations of the Gorgias, Protagoras, and Euthydemus, which have been
observed in the Hippias, cannot with certainty be adduced on either side of
the argument. On the whole, more may be said in favour of the genuineness
of the Hippias than against it.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dreams & Dust by Don Marquis:
Cloak of crimson; changeful sheen,
Of the dews that gem his breast;
Frosty lace about his throat;
Scarlet plumes that flaunt and float
Backward in a gay unrest--
Where's another gallant drest
With such tricksy gaiety,
Such unlessoned vanity?
With his amber afternoons
And his pendant poets' moons--
With his twilights dashed with rose
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
"I... I do not know," she faltered at last.
"Ah!" said Trenchard, drawing a deep breath. He turned to the Bench.
"Need I suggest what was the need - the urgent need - for suppressing
that wrapper?" quoth he. "Need I say what name was inscribed upon it?
I think not. Your Grace's keen insight, and yours, gentlemen, will
determine what was probable."
Sir Rowland now stood forward, addressing Albemarle. "Will Your Grace
permit me to offer my explanation of this?"
Albemarle banged the table. His patience was at an end, since he came
now to believe - as Trenchard had earlier suggested - that he had been
played upon by Ruth.