|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
circus comes close upon its heels. Bread we suppose to be
given amply; the cry for circuses will be the louder, and if
the life of our descendants be such as we have conceived,
there are two beloved pleasures on which they will be likely
to fall back: the pleasures of intrigue and of sedition.
In all this I have supposed the ant-heap to be financially
sound. I am no economist, only a writer of fiction; but even
as such, I know one thing that bears on the economic question
- I know the imperfection of man's faculty for business. The
Anarchists, who count some rugged elements of common sense
among what seem to me their tragic errors, have said upon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome:
or will become so in answer to repression.
The Communists believe that to let power slip from their
hands at this moment would be treachery to the revolution.
And, in the face of the advancing forces of the Allies and
Kolchak many of the leaders of the opposition are inclined
to agree with them, and temporarily to submit to what they
undoubtedly consider rank tyranny. A position has been
reached after these eighteen months not unlike that reached
by the English Parliament party in 1643. I am reminded of
a passage in Guizot, which is so illuminating that I make no
apology for quoting it in full:--
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
had a crooked stick and carried all her belongings tied up in a
handkerchief. She looked like a pilgrim to a saint's shrine. Rose
took her to the house. She asked when she saw it: 'And does this
big place really belong to our Rita?' My maid of course said that
it was mine. 'And how long did our Rita live here?' - 'Madame has
never seen it unless perhaps the outside, as far as I know. I
believe Mr. Allegre lived here for some time when he was a young
man.' - 'The sinner that's dead?' - 'Just so,' says Rose. You know
nothing ever startles Rose. 'Well, his sins are gone with him,'
said my sister, and began to make herself at home.
"Rose was going to stop with her for a week but on the third day
The Arrow of Gold