|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories by Mark Twain:
Il ritorno dei Sovrani
ROMA, 24, ore 22,50.--I Sovrani e le Principessine Reali si attendono
a Roma domani alle ore 15,51.
Return of the sovereigns to Rome, you see. Date of the telegram,
Rome, November 24, ten minutes before twenty-three o'clock. The
telegram seems to say, "The Sovereigns and the Royal Children expect
themselves at Rome tomorrow at fifty-one minutes after fifteen o'clock."
I do not know about Italian time, but I judge it begins at midnight
and runs through the twenty-four hours without breaking bulk.
In the following ad, the theaters open at half-past twenty.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
with thee, I fear he may be of the Christian religion, toward
which thy father hath a deadly hate; and I shall be found subject
to the penalty of death. Either then make known to thy father
this man's business, or in future cease to converse with him.
Else cast me forth from thy presence, that I be not blameable,
and ask thy father to appoint another in my room.
The king's son said unto him, "This do, Zardan, first of all.
Sit thou down behind the curtain, and hear his communication with
me: and then thus will I tell thee what thou oughtest to do."
So when Barlaam was about to enter into his presence, Ioasaph hid
Zardan within the curtain, and said to the elder, "Sum me up the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Youth by Joseph Conrad:
that's going to Bankok--has been here six months--put
back three times.' On holidays the small boys pulling
about in boats would hail, 'Judea, ahoy!' and if a head
showed above the rail shouted, 'Where you bound to?--
Bankok?' and jeered. We were only three on board.
The poor old skipper mooned in the cabin. Mahon un-
dertook the cooking, and unexpectedly developed all a
Frenchman's genius for preparing nice little messes. I
looked languidly after the rigging. We became citizens
of Falmouth. Every shopkeeper knew us. At the bar-
ber's or tobacconist's they asked familiarly, 'Do you