|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:
of thunder could not have been heard. Gondy raised his hand
and demanded silence. All were still.
"My children," he said, "this is the Marechal de la
Meilleraie, as to whose intentions you have been deceived
and who pledges himself, on returning to the Louvre, to
demand of the queen, in your name, our Broussel's release.
You pledge yourself to that, marshal?" added Gondy, turning
to La Meilleraie.
"Morbleu!" cried the latter, "I should say that I do pledge
myself to it! I had no hope of getting off so easily."
"He gives you his word of honor," said Gondy.
Twenty Years After
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ion by Plato:
many such passages, particularly in the Odyssee; as, for example, the
passage in which Theoclymenus the prophet of the house of Melampus says to
'Wretched men! what is happening to you? Your heads and your faces and
your limbs underneath are shrouded in night; and the voice of lamentation
bursts forth, and your cheeks are wet with tears. And the vestibule is
full, and the court is full, of ghosts descending into the darkness of
Erebus, and the sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist is spread
And there are many such passages in the Iliad also; as for example in the
description of the battle near the rampart, where he says:--
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Rinkitink In Oz by L. Frank Baum:
to me, as you are altogether too fat and awkward to
work in the fields. It may be, however, that I can use
you as a pincushion.
"What!" cried Rinkitink in horror, "would you stick
pins into the King of Gilgad?"
"Why not?" returned Queen Cor. "You are as fat as a
pincushion, as you must yourself admit, and whenever I
needed a pin I could call you to me." Then she laughed
at his frightened look and asked: "By the way, are you
This was the question Rinkitink had been dreading. He
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