|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
the counsel which thou hast heard. Speak out the name! That,
and thy repentance, may avail to take the scarlet letter off thy
"Never," replied Hester Prynne, looking, not at Mr. Wilson, but
into the deep and troubled eyes of the younger clergyman. "It is
too deeply branded. Ye cannot take it off. And would that I
might endure his agony as well as mine!"
"Speak, woman!" said another voice, coldly and sternly,
proceeding from the crowd about the scaffold, "Speak; and give
The Scarlet Letter
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
It was in July, 1910, that the bad luck regarding specimens
began to turn. I had been on a long visit to my parents in Illinois,
and upon my return found West in a state of singular elation.
He had, he told me excitedly, in all likelihood solved the problem
of freshness through an approach from an entirely new angle --
that of artificial preservation. I had known that he was working
on a new and highly unusual embalming compound, and was not surprised
that it had turned out well; but until he explained the details
I was rather puzzled as to how such a compound could help in our
work, since the objectionable staleness of the specimens was largely
due to delay occurring before we secured them. This, I now saw,
Herbert West: Reanimator
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
SOCRATES: Whereas the other side do not admit that they speak falsely?
THEODORUS: They do not.
SOCRATES: And he, as may be inferred from his writings, agrees that this
opinion is also true.
SOCRATES: Then all mankind, beginning with Protagoras, will contend, or
rather, I should say that he will allow, when he concedes that his
adversary has a true opinion--Protagoras, I say, will himself allow that
neither a dog nor any ordinary man is the measure of anything which he has
not learned--am I not right?