|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson:
like ages, ere the schooner suddenly appeared for one brief
instant, relieved against a tower of glimmering foam. I still see
her reefed mainsail flapping loose, as the boom fell heavily across
the deck; I still see the black outline of the hull, and still
think I can distinguish the figure of a man stretched upon the
tiller. Yet the whole sight we had of her passed swifter than
lightning; the very wave that disclosed her fell burying her for
ever; the mingled cry of many voices at the point of death rose and
was quenched in the roaring of the Merry Men. And with that the
tragedy was at an end. The strong ship, with all her gear, and the
lamp perhaps still burning in the cabin, the lives of so many men,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome:
census of housing accommodation has taken place. In every
district there are housing committees to whom people
wanting rooms apply. They work on the rough and ready
theory that until every man has one room no one has a right
to two. An Englishman acting as manager of works near
Moscow told me that part of his house had been allotted to
workers in his factory, who, however, were living with him
amicably, and had, I think, allowed him to choose which
rooms he should concede. This plan has, of course, proved
very hard on house-owners, and in some cases the new
tenants have made a horrible mess of the houses, as might,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
I would wish their lot to be to know one or two good folks mighty
well--men or women--women preferred."
He had looked away again to the hills behind Sunk Creek ranch, to
which our walking horses had now almost brought us.
"As for parsons "--the gesture of his arm was a disclaiming
one--"I reckon some parsons have a right to tell yu' to be good.
The bishop of this hyeh Territory has a right. But I'll tell yu'
this: a middlin' doctor is a pore thing, and a middlin' lawyer is
a pore thing; but keep me from a middlin' man of God."
Once again he had reduced it, but I did not laugh this time. I
thought there should in truth be heavy damages for malpractice on