|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
of the outside of things; the inside was wholly invisible and inaudible
to me, although we may be sure, I think, that when the circles that
widened from Hortense's plunge reached the shores of the town, there must
have been in certain quarters a considerable splashing. I presume that
John communicated to somebody the news of his broken engagement; for if
he omitted to do so, with the wedding invitations to be out the next day,
he was remiss beyond excuse, and I think this very unlikely; and I also
presume (with some evidence to go on) that Hortense did not, in the
somewhat critical juncture of her fortunes, allow the grass to grow under
her feet--if such an expression may be used of a person who is shut up in
the stateroom of a steam yacht. To me John Mayrant made no sign of any
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Songs of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
But the image of the emptiness of youth,
Filled with the sound of footsteps and that voice
Of discontent and rapture and despair?
So, as in darkness, from the magic lamp,
The momentary pictures gleam and fade
And perish, and the night resurges - these
Shall I remember, and then all forget.
THE tropics vanish, and meseems that I,
From Halkerside, from topmost Allermuir,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
"And yet Eliza," said Mrs. Gregory, "in the face of it, this very
morning, repeated her eternal assertion that we shall all see the
marriage will not take place."
"Eliza," murmured Mrs. Weguelin, "rates few things more highly than her
Mrs. Gregory mused. "Yet she is often right when she has no right to be
I could not bear it any longer, and I said, "I heard to-day that Miss
Rieppe had broken her engagement."
"And where did you hear that nonsense?" asked Mrs. Gregory.
My heart leaped, and I told her where.