|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
all the lights went out and everything was as dark as pitch--not
a spark, not a glimmer anywhere. And, just as suddenly, all the
sound of music and dancing and merrymaking ceased, and everybody
began to wail and cry until it was enough to wring one's heart to
hear. Then, in the midst of all the wailing and crying, a door
was flung open, and in came six tall and terrible black men,
dressed all in black from top to toe, carrying each a flaming
torch; and by the light of the torches King Selim saw that all--the princes, the noblemen, the
dancing-girls--all lay on their
faces on the floor.
The six men took King Selim--who shuddered and shook with fear--by the arms, and marched him through
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Egmont by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
(Date and year so indistinctly read as to be imperfectly heard by the
audience.) "Ferdinand, Duke of Alva, President of the Tribunal of
Twelve." Thou knowest now thy doom. Brief time remains for thee to
prepare for the impending stroke, to arrange thy affairs, and to take leave
of thy friends.
[Exit Silva with followers. Ferdinand remains with two torch-bearers. The
stage is dimly lighted.
Egmont (stands for a time as if buried in thought, and allows Silva to retire
without looking round. He imagines himself alone, and, on raising his
eyes, beholds Alva's son).
Thou tarriest here? Wouldst thou by thy presence augment my
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
shameful thing that had befallen, by the cowardice which he had betrayed.
"That we must quit Lyme we are all agreed," said he. "I would propose
that Your Grace march north to Gloucester, where our Cheshire friends
will assemble to meet us.
Colonel Matthews reminded the Duke of Andrew Fletcher's proposal that
they should make a raid upon Exeter with a view to seizing arms, of
which they stood so sorely in need.
This Mr. Wilding was quick to support. "Not only that, Your Grace,"
he said, "but I am confident that with very little inducement the
greater portion of the militia will desert to us as soon as we appear.
"What assurance can you give of that?" asked Grey, his heavy lip