|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
hose of the ruler of Lutha over his foot. "If you don't hurry,"
he added, "someone may interrupt us, and you know what
the result would be--to you."
Scowling, Leopold donned the rough garments. Barney,
fully clothed in the uniform the king had been wearing,
stepped across the apartment to where the king's sword and
helmet lay upon the side table that had also borne the re-
volver. He placed the helmet upon his head and buckled the
sword-belt about his waist, then he faced the king, behind
whom was a cheval glass. In it Barney saw his image. The
king was looking at the American, his eyes wide and his jaw
The Mad King
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:
hangs on the College. Let us hope, in these days of revived respect
for antiquity, no other College library is in a similar plight.
Not Englishmen alone are guilty, however, of such unloving treatment
of their bibliographical treasures. The following is translated
from an interesting work just published in Paris, and shows how,
even at this very time, and in the centre of the literary activity
of France, books meet their fate.
 Le luxe des Livres par L. Derome. 8vo, Paris, 1879.
M. Derome loquitur:--
"Let us now enter the communal library of some large provincial town.
The interior has a lamentable appearance; dust and disorder have made
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Rivers to the Sea by Sara Teasdale:
She held her baby warm against her breast;
That never any fear awoke whereunder
She shuddered at her gift, or trembled lest
Thru the great doors of birth
Here to a windy earth
She lured from heaven a half-unwilling guest.
She caught and kept his first vague flickering smile,
The faint upleaping of his spirit's fire;
And for a long sweet while
In her was all he asked of earth or heaven--
But in the end how far,