|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
months in the ground in that country.
Having now society enough, and our numbers being sufficient to put
us out of fear of the savages, if they had come, unless their
number had been very great, we went freely all over the island,
whenever we found occasion; and as we had our escape or deliverance
upon our thoughts, it was impossible, at least for me, to have the
means of it out of mine. For this purpose I marked out several
trees, which I thought fit for our work, and I set Friday and his
father to cut them down; and then I caused the Spaniard, to whom I
imparted my thoughts on that affair, to oversee and direct their
work. I showed them with what indefatigable pains I had hewed a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Pierrette by Honore de Balzac:
"Bill! look at the book."
"Stop talking, and pay him," said Sylvie, "You see there's nothing
else to be done."
Rogron went to get the money, and gave the man forty-seven francs,
"And nothing for my comrade and me?" said the conductor.
Sylvie took two francs from the depths of the old velvet bag which
held her keys.
"Thank you, no," said the man; "keep 'em yourself. We would rather
care for the little one for her own sake." He picked up his book and
departed, saying to the servant-girl: "What a pair! it seems there are
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Phaedo by Plato:
represents Odysseus doing in the words--
'He beat his breast, and thus reproached his heart:
Endure, my heart; far worse hast thou endured!'
Do you think that Homer wrote this under the idea that the soul is a
harmony capable of being led by the affections of the body, and not rather
of a nature which should lead and master them--herself a far diviner thing
than any harmony?
Yes, Socrates, I quite think so.
Then, my friend, we can never be right in saying that the soul is a
harmony, for we should contradict the divine Homer, and contradict