|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mountains by Stewart Edward White:
with innumerable parallel inch-wide bands a foot or
so apart, in the manner of old-fashioned striped
stockings. It covers entirely sundry twigless branches.
Always in appearance is it fantastic, decorative,
almost Japanese, as though consciously laid in with its
vivid yellow-green as an intentional note of a tone
scheme. The somberest shadows, the most neutral
twilights, the most austere recesses are lighted by it
as though so many freakish sunbeams had severed
relations with the parent luminary to rest quietly in
the coolnesses of the ancient forest.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:
the discriminating name. Hence human beings possessed a fair number
of such special appellatives; for a man is a palpably different sort
of person from his grandmother, and a mother-in-law from a wife.
But it is noteworthy that the artificial affinities of society were
as carefully differentiated as the distinctions due to sex, while
ancestral relationships were deemed more important than either.
Animals, though treated individually most humanely, are vouchsafed
but scant recognition on the score of sex. With them, both sexes
share one common name, and commonly, indeed, this answers quite well
enough. In those few instances where sex enters into the question
in a manner not to be ignored, particles denoting "male" or "female"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
called upon to exemplify it.
I can still see Herbert West under
the sinister electric light as he injected his reanimating solution
into the arm of the headless body. The scene I cannot describe
-- I should faint if I tried it, for there is madness in a room
full of classified charnel things, with blood and lesser human
debris almost ankle-deep on the slimy floor, and with hideous
reptilian abnormalities sprouting, bubbling, and baking over a
winking bluish-green spectre of dim flame in a far corner of black
The specimen, as West repeatedly observed, had a splendid
Herbert West: Reanimator