|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Crisis in Russia by Arthur Ransome:
makers or the metal worker, might wish to strike a bargain
with the State, as of one country with another, and this
might easily lead to a complete collapse of the socialist system.
The one thing on which the speakers were in complete
agreement was the absolute need of an effort in industry
equal to, if not greater than, the effort made in the army. I
thought it significant that in many of the speeches the
importance of this effort was urged as the only possible
means of retaining the support of the peasants. There
was a tacit recognition that the Conference represented town
workers only. Larin, who had belonged to the old school
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Gentle Grafter by O. Henry:
We caught him one morning about two miles out from Mountain Valley, on
his way to look after some of his burnt umber farm land. He was an
elegant old gentleman, as thin and tall as a trout rod, with frazzled
shirt-cuffs and specs on a black string. We explained to him, brief
and easy, what we wanted; and Caligula showed him, careless, the
handle of his forty-five under his coat.
"What?" says Colonel Rockingham. "Bandits in Perry County, Georgia! I
shall see that the board of immigration and public improvements hears
"Be so unfoolhardy as to climb into that buggy," says Caligula, "by
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
Crit. Not, if wealth implies weal, certainly.
Soc. And by the same token land itself is no wealth to a man who so
works it that his tillage only brings him loss?
Crit. True; mother earth herself is not a source of wealth to us if,
instead of helping us to live, she helps us to starve.
Soc. And by a parity of reasoning, sheep and cattle may fail of being
wealth if, through want of knowledge how to treat them, their owner
loses by them; to him at any rate the sheep and the cattle are not
Crit. That is the conclusion I draw.
Soc. It appears, you hold to the position that wealth consists of