|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass:
hounds, overseers, drivers, patrols, were not all in-
dispensable to keep the slaves down, and to give
protection to their ruthless oppressors! As if, when
the marriage institution is abolished, concubinage,
adultery, and incest, must not necessarily abound;
when all the rights of humanity are annihilated, any
barrier remains to protect the victim from the fury
of the spoiler; when absolute power is assumed over
life and liberty, it will not be wielded with destruc-
tive sway! Skeptics of this character abound in so-
ciety. In some few instances, their incredulity arises
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
bungalow garden, into the dead stillness of the island. There were
no lights. The plantation seemed to sleep, as profoundly as the
schooner. On the path a small shell cracked under his naked heel.
The faithful half-caste foreman going his rounds cocked his ears at
the sharp sound. He gave one enormous start of fear at the sight
of the swift white figure flying at him out of the night. He
crouched in terror, and then sprang up and clicked his tongue in
"Tse! Tse! The master!"
"Be quiet, Luiz, and listen to what I say."
Yes, it was the master, the strong master who was never known to
Within the Tides
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from 1492 by Mary Johntson:
creeping to me, asked, ``senor, don't you feel at times that
there is madness over all this ship and this voyage and _him_
--the Admiral, I mean?''
I answered him that it was a pity there were so few
madmen, and that Felipe must have been quite sane.
``Then what do you think was the matter with Felipe,
I said, ``Did it ever occur to you, Fernando, that you had
too much courage and saw too far?'' At which he looked
frightened, and said that at times he had felt those symptoms.