|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
on board of her.
Half an hour later, I issued at last out of the woods on the
margin of a cove, into whose jaws the tossing and blue
billows entered, and along whose shores they broke with a
surprising loudness. A wooded promontory hid the yacht; and
I had walked some distance round the beach, in what appeared
to be a virgin solitude, when my eye fell on a boat, drawn
into a natural harbour, where it rocked in safety, but
deserted. I looked about for those who should have manned
her; and presently, in the immediate entrance of the wood,
spied the red embers of a fire, and, stretched around in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
evening papers. He took up the ST. JAMES'S, and was listlessly
turning over its pages, when this strange heading caught his eye:
SUICIDE OF A CHEIROMANTIST.
He turned pale with excitement, and began to read. The paragraph
ran as follows:
Yesterday morning, at seven o'clock, the body of Mr. Septimus R.
Podgers, the eminent cheiromantist, was washed on shore at
Greenwich, just in front of the Ship Hotel. The unfortunate
gentleman had been missing for some days, and considerable anxiety
for his safety had been felt in cheiromantic circles. It is
supposed that he committed suicide under the influence of a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Charmides by Plato:
I entirely agree, said Critias, and accept the definition.
Very good, I said; and now let me repeat my question--Do you admit, as I
was just now saying, that all craftsmen make or do something?
And do they make or do their own business only, or that of others also?
They make or do that of others also.
And are they temperate, seeing that they make not for themselves or their
own business only?
Why not? he said.
No objection on my part, I said, but there may be a difficulty on his who
proposes as a definition of temperance, 'doing one's own business,' and