|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Island Nights' Entertainments by Robert Louis Stevenson:
out; but I'm sure you shan't have it for one."
"You mean you won't sell?" gasped Keawe.
"No, SIR!" cried the boatswain. "But I'll give you a drink of the
rum, if you like."
"I tell you," said Keawe, "the man who has that bottle goes to
"I reckon I'm going anyway," returned the sailor; "and this
bottle's the best thing to go with I've struck yet. No, sir!" he
cried again, "this is my bottle now, and you can go and fish for
"Can this be true?" Keawe cried. "For your own sake, I beseech
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Aesop's Fables by Aesop:
and slight." At that moment a Hunter approached and sent an arrow
whistling after him. Away bounded the Hart, and soon, by the aid
of his nimble legs, was nearly out of sight of the Hunter; but not
noticing where he was going, he passed under some trees with
branches growing low down in which his antlers were caught, so
that the Hunter had time to come up. "Alas! alas!" cried the
"We often despise what is most useful to us."
The Serpent and the File
A Serpent in the course of its wanderings came into an
armourer's shop. As he glided over the floor he felt his skin
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
two foreign stores that had been opened without the consent of
the Chinese government, for in those days the capital had not
been opened to foreign trade. As the stores were small, and in
such close proximity to the various legations, the most of whose
supplies they furnished, they seem to have been too unimportant
to attract official attention, though they were destined to have
a mighty influence on the future of China. One of them was kept
by a Dane, who sold foreign toys, notions, dry-goods and
groceries such as might please the Chinese or be of use to the
scanty European population of the great capital. By chance some
of the eunuchs from the imperial palace, wandering about the city