|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Reason Discourse by Rene Descartes:
to believe that by their help a clear and certain knowledge of all that is
useful in life might be acquired, I was ardently desirous of instruction.
But as soon as I had finished the entire course of study, at the close of
which it is customary to be admitted into the order of the learned, I
completely changed my opinion. For I found myself involved in so many
doubts and errors, that I was convinced I had advanced no farther in all
my attempts at learning, than the discovery at every turn of my own
ignorance. And yet I was studying in one of the most celebrated schools in
Europe, in which I thought there must be learned men, if such were
anywhere to be found. I had been taught all that others learned there;
and not contented with the sciences actually taught us, I had, in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:
"No, sir, you see there's not much room on the gas stove, so Cook
used to make it early, before putting the vegetables on for
supper. Then I used to bring it up, and put it on the table by
the swing door, and take it into her room later."
"The swing door is in the left wing, is it not?"
"And the table, is it on this side of the door, or on the
"It's this side, sir."
"What time did you bring it up last night?"
"About quarter-past seven, I should say, sir."
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
for a ship's deck in a thundering squall."
"No; my father. I am not married."
"You seem a fine girl, Miss Bessie, dear," he said
She turned her face away.
"Oh, I say,--what's up? Who's murdering
"He wants his tea." She faced him, still and
tall, with averted head, with her hands hanging
clasped before her.
"Hadn't you better go in?" he suggested, after