|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
"Does he not fear me?" said he; "then he shall feel me. Will he
fire my castle of Murdoch?--Inverary shall raise the first
smoke.--O for a guide through the skirts of Strath-Fillan!"
Whatever might be Dalgetty's personal conceit, he understood his
business sufficiently to guess at Montrose's meaning. He
instantly interrupted his own prolix narration of the skirmish
which had taken place, and the wound he had received in his
retreat, and began to speak to the point which he saw interested
"If," said he, "your Excellency wishes to make an infall into
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner:
an intellectual kind is enormous. The invention, construction, and working
of one Krupp gun, though its mere discharge hardly demands more crude
muscular exertion than a savage expends in throwing his boomerang, yet
represents an infinitude of intellectual care and thought, far greater than
that which went to the shaping of all the weapons of a primitive army.
Above all, in the domain of politics and government, where once a king or
queen, aided by a handful of councillors, was alone practically concerned
in the labours of national guidance or legislation; today, owing to the
rapid means of intercommunication, printing, and the consequent diffusion
of political and social information throughout a territory, it has become
possible, for the first time, for all adults in a large community to keep
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln:
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether
that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . .
can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place
for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . .
we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead,
who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power
to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember,