|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
that are true? What was this young man doing in Kings Port with his
brains, and his pride, and his energetic adolescence? If the Custom House
galled him, the whole country was open to him; why not have tried his
fortune out and away, over the hills, where the new cities lie, all full
of future and empty of past? Was it much to the credit of such a young
man to find himself at the age of twenty-three or twenty-four, sound and
lithe of limb, yet tied to the apron strings of Miss Josephine, and Miss
Eliza, and some thirty or forty other elderly female relatives?
With these thoughts I looked at the ladies and wondered how I might lead
them to answer me about John Mayrant, without asking questions which
might imply something derogatory to him or painful to them. I could not
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Genesis 28: 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went to Paddan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
Genesis 28: 6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying: 'Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan';
Genesis 28: 7 and that Jacob hearkened to his father and his mother, and was gone to Paddan-aram;
Genesis 28: 8 and Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
Genesis 28: 9 so Esau went unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives that he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife.
Genesis 28: 10 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.
Genesis 28: 11 And he lighted upon the place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep.
Genesis 28: 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Genesis 28: 13 And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: 'I am the LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
SOCRATES: And have you never heard, simpleton, that I am the son of a
midwife, brave and burly, whose name was Phaenarete?
THEAETETUS: Yes, I have.
SOCRATES: And that I myself practise midwifery?
THEAETETUS: No, never.
SOCRATES: Let me tell you that I do though, my friend: but you must not
reveal the secret, as the world in general have not found me out; and
therefore they only say of me, that I am the strangest of mortals and drive
men to their wits' end. Did you ever hear that too?
SOCRATES: Shall I tell you the reason?