|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan:
LADY TEAZLE. Go you great Bear--how dare you abuse my Relations--
SIR PETER. Now may all the Plagues of marriage be doubled on me,
if ever I try to be Friends with you any more----
LADY TEAZLE. So much the Better.
SIR PETER. No--no Madam 'tis evident you never cared a pin for me--
I was a madman to marry you--
LADY TEAZLE. And I am sure I was a Fooll to marry you--an old
dangling Batchelor, who was single of [at] fifty--only because
He never could meet with any one who would have him.
SIR PETER. Aye--aye--Madam--but you were pleased enough to listen
to me--you never had such an offer before--
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Aspern Papers by Henry James:
lived in such a big, imposing house she could not be in any
sort of misery and therefore would not be tempted by a chance
to let a couple of rooms. I expressed this idea to Mrs. Prest,
who gave me a very logical reply. "If she didn't live in a big
house how could it be a question of her having rooms to spare?
If she were not amply lodged herself you would lack ground
to approach her. Besides, a big house here, and especially
in this quartier perdu, proves nothing at all:
it is perfectly compatible with a state of penury.
Dilapidated old palazzi, if you will go out of the way for them,
are to be had for five shillings a year. And as for the people
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Secret Places of the Heart by H. G. Wells:
experiences; experiences that were something more than the
treats and attentions and proposals that made up her life
when she was sheltered over there. And something more than
that. What it is I don't know. The war has turned an ugly
face to her. She has seen death and suffering and ruin.
Perhaps she has seen people she knew killed. Perhaps the man
has been killed. Or she has met with cowardice or cruelty or
treachery where she didn't expect it. She has been shocked
out of the first confidence of youth. She has ceased to take
the world for granted. It hasn't broken her but it has
matured her. That I think is why history has become real to