|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
my tryst with Lily and what I should say to her, that nothing else
could hold a place in my thoughts.
'This must be the man,' I said to myself, and then I said no more,
for he was on me, sword up. I saw the keen point flash towards me,
and sprang to one side having a desire to fly, as, being unarmed
except for my stick, I might have done without shame. But spring
as I would I could not avoid the thrust altogether. It was aimed
at my heart and it pierced the sleeve of my left arm, passing
through the flesh--no more. Yet at the pain of that cut all
thought of flight left me, and instead of it a cold anger filled
me, causing me to wish to kill this man who had attacked me thus
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke:
the shrill wind in the pinetrees above the rumbling thunder of
a waterfall, rose and fell in rude cadences.
O Thor, the Thunderer
Mighty and merciless,
Spare us from smiting!
Heave not thy hammer,
Angry, aginst us;
Plague not thy people.
Take from our treasure
Richest Of ransom.
Silver we send thee,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
to remind us of the War of the Roses, and that the white one was
the winning color when Edward got the throne and dispossessed the
Edward V.; one-third of a BLACK square. (Fig. 21.)
His uncle Richard had him murdered in the tower. When you
get the reigns displayed upon the wall this one will be
conspicuous and easily remembered. It is the shortest one in
English history except Lady Jane Grey's, which was only nine
days. She is never officially recognized as a monarch of
England, but if you or I should ever occupy a throne we should
like to have proper notice taken of it; and it would be only fair
What is Man?