|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle:
ordinary clothes on?"
"But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare
"Had he ever spoken of Swandam Lane?"
"Had he ever showed any signs of having taken opium?"
"Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about
which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little
supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
Hippagretai, or masters of the horse. Each of these selects one
hundred others, being bound to explain for what reason he prefers in
honour these and disapproves of those. The result is that those who
fail to obtain the distinction are now at open war, not only with
those who rejected them, but with those who were chosen in their
stead; and they keep ever a jealous eye on one another to detect some
slip of conduct contrary to the high code of honour there held
customary. And so is set on foot that strife, in truest sense
acceptable to heaven, and for the purposes of state most politic. It
is a strife in which not only is the pattern of a brave man's conduct
fully set forth, but where, too, each against other and in separate
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe:
of spirits imaginable, till about four o'clock he came to my
apartment; for I had obtained the favour, by the help of money,
nothing being to be done in that place without it, not to be
kept in the condemned hole, as they call it, among the rest of
the prisoners who were to die, but to have a little dirty
chamber to myself.
My heart leaped within me for joy when I heard his voice at
the door, even before I saw him; but let any one judge what
kind of motion I found in my soul, when after having made a
short excuse for his not coming, he showed me that his time
had been employed on my account; that he had obtained a