|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
were prepared for the reception of guests.
"I need not tell your lordship," said M'Aulay to Lord Menteith, a
little apart, "our Highland mode of quartering. Only that, not
liking you should sleep in the room alone with this German land-
louper, I have caused your servants' beds to be made here in the
gallery. By G--d, my lord, these are times when men go to bed
with a throat hale and sound as ever swallowed brandy, and before
next morning it may be gaping like an oyster-shell."
Lord Menteith thanked him sincerely, saying, "It was just the
arrangement he would have requested; for, although he had not the
least apprehension of violence from Captain Dalgetty, yet
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy:
footsteps, the moaning, the distant cries, and the crackle of fires
which seemed widespread everywhere. The cook's moans had now subsided.
On two sides black curling clouds of smoke rose and spread from the
fires. Through the streets soldiers in various uniforms walked or
ran confusedly in different directions like ants from a ruined
ant-hill. Several of them ran into Ferapontov's yard before Alpatych's
eyes. Alpatych went out to the gate. A retreating regiment,
thronging and hurrying, blocked the street.
Noticing him, an officer said: "The town is being abandoned. Get
away, get away!" and then, turning to the soldiers, shouted:
"I'll teach you to run into the yards!"
War and Peace
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Alexandria and her Schools by Charles Kingsley:
who picked out from their old prophets every passage which could be made
to predict their future glory, and a science which settled when that
glory was to return. By the arbitrary rules of criticism a prophetic
day was defined to mean a year; a week, seven years. The most simple
and human utterances were found to have recondite meanings relative to
their future triumph over the heathens whom they cursed and hated. If
any of you ever come across the popular Jewish interpretations of The
Song of Solomon, you will there see the folly in which acute and learned
men can indulge themselves when they have lost hold of the belief in
anything really absolute and eternal and moral, and have made Fate, and
Time, and Self, their real deities. But this dream of a future