|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
"Certainly not. . . . I am delighted. Good-by."
I had an idea of what he meant to say, and just saved myself
by the privilege of defective hearing. He was too shaken
generally to insist, but my mate, close witness of that parting,
looked mystified and his face took on a thoughtful cast.
As I did not want to appear as if I wished to avoid all
communication with my officers, he had the opportunity
to address me.
"Seems a very nice man. His boat's crew told our chaps a very
extraordinary story, if what I am told by the steward is true.
I suppose you had it from the captain, sir?"
The Secret Sharer
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
overcome one filled with the rarer gas. From the cross-piece of his
torsion-balance he suspended his bulbs of nitrogen, at equal distances
from the magnetic axis, and found that the rarefaction, or the
condensation of the gas in either of the bulbs had not the slightest
influence. When the magnetic force was developed, the bulbs
remained in their first position, even when one was filled with
nitrogen, and the other as far as possible exhausted. Nitrogen,
in fact, acted 'like space itself'; it was neither magnetic nor
He cannot conveniently compare the paramagnetic force of oxygen with
iron, in consequence of the exceeding magnetic intensity of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
monarchy with a hierarchy of civil officials, the men of this
race invented a peculiar institution, the City, each city giving
rise to others like itself, and from colony to colony reproducing
itself indefinitely. A single Greek city, for instance, Miletos,
produced three hundred other cities, colonizing with them the
entire coast of the Black Sea. Each city was substantially
self-ruling; and the idea of a coalescence of several cities into
a nation was one which the Greek mind rarely conceived, and never
was able to put into operation.
In these cities, labour was for the most part carried on by
slaves. In Athens there were four or five for each citizen, and
The Unseen World and Other Essays