|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
came in after supper. Betty would come down and sing for them, and afterward
would coax Indian lore and woodcraft from Wetzel, or she would play checkers
with the Major. If she succeeded in winning from him, which in truth was not
often, she teased him unmercifully. When Col. Zane and the Major had settled
down to their series of games, from which nothing short of Indians could have
diverted them, Betty sat by Wetzel. The silent man of the woods, an
appellation the hunter had earned by his reticence, talked for Betty as he
would for no one else.
One night while Col. Zane, his wife and Betty were entertaining Capt. Boggs
and Major McColloch and several of Betty's girls friends, after the usual
music and singing, storytelling became the order of the evening. Little Noah
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen:
tomcat into the room, and began to pursue him. The frightened Canary fluttered
about in his cage; the Parrot flapped his wings, and cried, "Come, let us be
men!" The Clerk felt a mortal fright, and flew through the window, far away
over the houses and streets. At last he was forced to rest a little.
The neighboring house had a something familiar about it; a window stood open;
he flew in; it was his own room. He perched upon the table.
"Come, let us be men!" said he, involuntarily imitating the chatter of the
Parrot, and at the same moment he was again a copying-clerk; but he was
sitting in the middle of the table.
"Heaven help me!" cried he. "How did I get up here--and so buried in sleep,
too? After all, that was a very unpleasant, disagreeable dream that haunted
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
like one another, and friends to one another; and that the bad, as is often
said of them, are never at unity with one another or with themselves; for
they are passionate and restless, and anything which is at variance and
enmity with itself is not likely to be in union or harmony with any other
thing. Do you not agree?
Yes, I do.
Then, my friend, those who say that the like is friendly to the like mean
to intimate, if I rightly apprehend them, that the good only is the friend
of the good, and of him only; but that the evil never attains to any real
friendship, either with good or evil. Do you agree?
He nodded assent.