|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass:
Jepson. Mr. Jepson's slaves would boast his ability
to whip Colonel Lloyd. These quarrels would almost
always end in a fight between the parties, and those
that whipped were supposed to have gained the
point at issue. They seemed to think that the great-
ness of their masters was transferable to themselves.
It was considered as being bad enough to be a
slave; but to be a poor man's slave was deemed a
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain:
history straight through, just the same as if you'd
seen it with your eyes. How did you manage that?"
Tom says, kind of easy and comfortable:
"Oh, just noticing the evidence and piecing this
and that together, your honor; just an ordinary little
bit of detective work; anybody could 'a' done it."
"Nothing of the kind! Not two in a million could 'a' done it.
You are a very remarkable boy."
Then they let go and give Tom another smashing round,
and he--well, he wouldn't 'a' sold out for a silver mine.
Then the judge says:
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Dreams & Dust by Don Marquis:
But the boast rings false and the jest is thin--
In the hour that I meet ye ghost to ghost,
Stripped of the flesh that ye skulk within,
Stripped to the coward soul 'ware of its sin,
Ye shall learn, ye shall learn, whether dead men
Ah, a weary time has the waiting been,
But here in the shadows I wait, I wait!
LEAGUES before me, leagues behind,
Clamor warring wastes of flood,