|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
table, with inkhorn in one hand and pen in the other, and a
parchment spread in front of him.
Master Robert, the castle steward, stood before the knight, who
every now and then put to him a question, which the other would
answer, and the clerk write the answer down upon the parchment.
His father stood with his back to the fireplace, looking down
upon the floor with his blind eyes, his brows drawn moodily
together, and the scar of the great wound that he had received at
the tournament at York--the wound that had made him
blind--showing red across his forehead, as it always did when he
was angered or troubled.
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Phaedrus by Plato:
the banks of the Ilissus?
SOCRATES: Such is the tradition.
PHAEDRUS: And is this the exact spot? The little stream is delightfully
clear and bright; I can fancy that there might be maidens playing near.
SOCRATES: I believe that the spot is not exactly here, but about a quarter
of a mile lower down, where you cross to the temple of Artemis, and there
is, I think, some sort of an altar of Boreas at the place.
PHAEDRUS: I have never noticed it; but I beseech you to tell me, Socrates,
do you believe this tale?
SOCRATES: The wise are doubtful, and I should not be singular if, like
them, I too doubted. I might have a rational explanation that Orithyia was
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Koran:
him, he wrangled with us about the people of Lot; verily, Abraham
was clement, pitiful, relenting.
'O Abraham! avoid this; verily, the bidding of thy Lord has come;
verily, there is coming to them torment that cannot be put off.'
And when our messengers came to Lot, he was grieved for them; but
his arm was straitened for them, and he said, 'This is a troublesome
day!' And his people came to him, rushing at him, for before that they
used to work evil. He 'Said, 'O my people! here are my daughters, they
are purer for you; then, fear God, and do not disgrace me through my
guests;- is there not among you one right-thinking man?'
They said, 'Thou knowest that we have no claim on thy daughters;