|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbot:
On the other hand in the case of (2) the Physician, though I shall
here also see a line (D'A'E') with a bright centre (A'),
yet it will shade away LESS RAPIDLY into dimness, because the sides
(A'C', A'B') RECEDE LESS RAPIDLY INTO THE FOG: and what appear
to me the Physician's extremities, viz. D' and E', will not be
NOT SO DIM as the extremities of the Merchant.
The Reader will probably understand from these two instances how --
after a very long training supplemented by constant experience --
it is possible for the well-educated classes among us to discriminate
with fair accuracy between the middle and lowest orders,
by the sense of sight. If my Spaceland Patrons have grasped
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred.
I tried to stifle these sensations; I thought that as I could not
sympathize with him, I had no right to withhold from him the
small portion of happiness which was yet in my power to bestow.
"You swear," I said, "to be harmless; but have you not already shown
a degree of malice that should reasonably make me distrust you?
May not even this be a feint that will increase your triumph by
affording a wider scope for your revenge?"
"How is this? I must not be trifled with, and I demand an answer.
If I have no ties and no affections, hatred and vice must be my portion;
the love of another will destroy the cause of my crimes,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lemorne Versus Huell by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard:
"You know exactly how much is involved in your client's suit?"
"You know also that his claim is an unjust one."
"I shall not be poor if I lose; if I gain, Margaret will be
"'Margaret will be rich,'" he repeated, absently.
"What! have you changed your mind respecting the orphans, aunt?"
"She has, and is--nothing," she went on, not heeding my remark.
"Her father married below his station; when he died his wife fell
back to her place--for he spent his fortune--and there she and