|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
Forgive me, sir. I did not mean to speak offensively.
It is only because my loss is so recent."
The Professor answered very sweetly, "I only used that name
because I was in doubt. I must not call you `Mr.' and I have
grown to love you, yes, my dear boy, to love you, as Arthur."
Arthur held out his hand, and took the old man's warmly.
"Call me what you will," he said. "I hope I may always have
the title of a friend. And let me say that I am at a loss
for words to thank you for your goodness to my poor dear."
He paused a moment, and went on, "I know that she understood
your goodness even better than I do. And if I was rude or in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Sophist by Plato:
STRANGER: And therefore this first kind of capture may be called by us
capture with enclosures, or something of that sort?
STRANGER: The other kind, which is practised by a blow with hooks and
three-pronged spears, when summed up under one name, may be called
striking, unless you, Theaetetus, can find some better name?
THEAETETUS: Never mind the name--what you suggest will do very well.
STRANGER: There is one mode of striking, which is done at night, and by
the light of a fire, and is by the hunters themselves called firing, or
spearing by firelight.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy:
his knapsack a scrap of blue French cloth, and wrapped it round his
foot. "It's the steam that spoils them," he added, stretching out
his feet toward the fire.
"They'll soon be issuing us new ones. They say that when we've
finished hammering them, we're to receive double kits!"
"And that son of a bitch Petrov has lagged behind after all, it
seems," said one sergeant major.
"I've had an eye on him this long while," said the other.
"Well, he's a poor sort of soldier..."
"But in the Third Company they say nine men were missing yesterday."
"Yes, it's all very well, but when a man's feet are frozen how can
War and Peace