|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott:
An outrider of the Marquis arrived at Tod's Hole shortly after,
with a message, intimating that his master would join Ravenswood
at that place on the following morning; and the Master, who would
otherwise have proceeded to his old retreat at Wolf's Crag,
remained there accordingy to give meeting to his noble kinsman.
Hamlet: Has this fellow no feeling of his business? he sings at
grave making. Horatio: Custom hath made it in him a property
of easiness. Hamlet: 'Tis e'en so: the hand of little
employment hath the daintier sense.
Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1.
The Bride of Lammermoor
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Charmides and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde:
And the twelve Gods leapt up in marble fear,
And the air quaked with dissonant alarums
Till huge Poseidon shook his mighty spear,
And on the frieze the prancing horses neighed,
And the low tread of hurrying feet rang from the cavalcade.
Ready for death with parted lips he stood,
And well content at such a price to see
That calm wide brow, that terrible maidenhood,
The marvel of that pitiless chastity,
Ah! well content indeed, for never wight
Since Troy's young shepherd prince had seen so wonderful a sight.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Contrast by Royall Tyler:
Regard to me!
Yes; I have done everything in my power to break
with her, but the foolish girl is so fond of me that
nothing can accomplish it. Besides, how can I offer
her my hand when my heart is indissolubly engaged
There may be reason in this; but why so attentive
to Miss Manly?