|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
but surely it was no part of a faithful servant to have done so
without your commands."
"I cannot deny it, Varney," said the Earl, rising and walking
across the room; "my own ambition has been traitor to my love."
"Say rather, my lord, that your love has been traitor to your
greatness, and barred you from such a prospect of honour and
power as the world cannot offer to any other. To make my
honoured lady a countess, you have missed the chance of being
He paused, and seemed unwilling to complete the sentence.
"Of being myself what?" demanded Leicester; "speak out thy
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Straight Deal by Owen Wister:
letter, and note how it corresponds with what Mr. Bigelow says about the
feeling which our Government (for thirty years "in the hands or under the
influence of Southern statesmen") had raised against us by its bad
manners to European governments. This was the harvest sown by shirt
sleeves diplomacy and reaped by Mr. Adams in 1861. Only seven years
before, we had gratuitously offended four countries at once. Three of our
foreign ministers (two of them from the South) had met at Ostend and
later at Aix in the interests of extending slavery, and there, in a joint
manifesto, had ordered Spain to sell us Cuba, or we would take Cuba by
force. One of the three was our minister to Spain. Spain had received him
courteously as the representative of a nation with whom she was at peace.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
ormolu figure of Liberty trampling on the hydra of Despotism.
Lord Arthur's face brightened up when he saw it. 'That is just
what I want,' he cried, 'and now tell me how it goes off.'
'Ah! there is my secret,' answered Herr Winckelkopf, contemplating
his invention with a justifiable look of pride; 'let me know when
you wish it to explode, and I will set the machine to the moment.'
'Well, to-day is Tuesday, and if you could send it off at once - '
'That is impossible; I have a great deal of important work on hand
for some friends of mine in Moscow. Still, I might send it off to-
'Oh, it will be quite time enough!' said Lord Arthur politely, 'if