|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
I had caught Vereker's glance as he spoke, but Miss Poyle's
surprise was a fortunate cover for my own. "You mean he doesn't do
you justice?" said the excellent woman.
Vereker laughed out, and I was happy to be able to do the same.
"It's a charming article," he tossed us.
Miss Poyle thrust her chin half across the cloth. "Oh, you're so
deep!" she drove home.
"As deep as the ocean! All I pretend is that the author doesn't
see - " But a dish was at this point passed over his shoulder, and
we had to wait while he helped himself.
"Doesn't see what?" my neighbour continued.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Animal Farm by George Orwell:
intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of
character and tremendous powers of work. After the horses came Muriel,
the white goat, and Benjamin, the donkey. Benjamin was the oldest animal
on the farm, and the worst tempered. He seldom talked, and when he did, it
was usually to make some cynical remark--for instance, he would say that
God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner
have had no tail and no flies. Alone among the animals on the farm he
never laughed. If asked why, he would say that he saw nothing to laugh at.
Nevertheless, without openly admitting it, he was devoted to Boxer; the
two of them usually spent their Sundays together in the small paddock
beyond the orchard, grazing side by side and never speaking.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
The former sees a tree in all its glory, where the latter sees an
exogen with a pair of cotyledons. The former sees wholes, where
the latter sees aggregates.
Corresponding with these two kinds of genius there are two
classes of artistic productions. When the critical genius writes
a poem or a novel, he constructs his plot and his characters in
conformity to some prearranged theory, or with a view to
illustrate some favourite doctrine. When he paints a picture, he
first thinks how certain persons would look under certain given
circumstances, and paints them accordingly. When he writes a
piece of music, he first decides that this phrase expresses joy,
The Unseen World and Other Essays