|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
who composed the escort, was Bonacieux himself. The husband had
presided at the abduction of his wife.
A terrible inclination seized D'Artagnan to grasp the mercer by
the throat and strangle him; but, as we have said, he was a very
prudent youth, and he restrained himself. However, the
revolution which appeared upon his countenance was so visible
that Bonacieux was terrified at it, and he endeavored to draw
back a step or two; but as he was standing before the half of the
door which was shut, the obstacle compelled him to keep his
"Ah, but you are joking, my worthy man!" said D'Artagnan. It
The Three Musketeers
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
whether he wants to risk her."
"Good Lord, man, what's the tug in a case like this!" cried Orde,
who was standing near. Carroll looked at him proudly, but she did
not attempt to make her presence known.
"I thought so," replied Captain Marsh. "So it's settled. I'll take
her out, if I can get a crew. Harvey, step up here!"
The engineer slowly hoisted his long figure through the breast-high
doorway, dragged his legs under him, then with extraordinary agility
swung to the pier, his teeth shining like ivory in his black face.
"Yas, suh!" said he.
"Harvey," said Captain Marsh briskly, "we're going to try to get a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:
though they were two distinct things.
Yes; that is the meaning, he said.
And are there not many other cases in which we observe that when a man's
desires violently prevail over his reason, he reviles himself, and is angry
at the violence within him, and that in this struggle, which is like the
struggle of factions in a State, his spirit is on the side of his reason;--
but for the passionate or spirited element to take part with the desires
when reason decides that she should not be opposed, is a sort of thing
which I believe that you never observed occurring in yourself, nor, as I
should imagine, in any one else?