|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
free pardon to those instrumental in overthrowing his father's
government, with the exception of such as had contrived his
death; and inasmuch as Milton had but justified that monstrous
act after it had taken place, he escaped condemnation. Moreover,
he received a special pardon, which passed the privy seal in
December, 1660. His escape has been attributed to his friend
Davenant. This loyal soldier had, when taken by Cromwell's
troopers in the civil war, been condemned to speedy death; from
which, by Milton's intercession, he escaped; an act of mercy
Davenant now repaid in kind, by appealing to his friends in
behalf of the republican's safety.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Moran of the Lady Letty by Frank Norris:
feet away from the schooner's stern. A strong swimmer, such as
Wilbur, could cover the distance in a few strides. Two minutes
ago Wilbur might have--
"Set your mains'l," came the bellow of Captain Kitchell. "Clap on
to your throat and peak halyards."
The Chinamen hurried aft.
A NAUTICAL EDUCATTON.
In the course of the next few moments, while the little vessel was
being got under way, and while the Ridgeways' "Petrel" gleamed off
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:
[LANE goes out.]
ALGERNON. How are you, my dear Ernest? What brings you up to
JACK. Oh, pleasure, pleasure! What else should bring one
anywhere? Eating as usual, I see, Algy!
ALGERNON. [Stiffly.] I believe it is customary in good society to
take some slight refreshment at five o'clock. Where have you been
since last Thursday?
JACK. [Sitting down on the sofa.] In the country.
ALGERNON. What on earth do you do there?
JACK. [Pulling off his gloves.] When one is in town one amuses