|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bucolics by Virgil:
By no strange fodder will be tried, nor hurt
Through taint contagious of a neighbouring flock.
Happy old man, who 'mid familiar streams
And hallowed springs, will court the cooling shade!
Here, as of old, your neighbour's bordering hedge,
That feasts with willow-flower the Hybla bees,
Shall oft with gentle murmur lull to sleep,
While the leaf-dresser beneath some tall rock
Uplifts his song, nor cease their cooings hoarse
The wood-pigeons that are your heart's delight,
Nor doves their moaning in the elm-tree top.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Youth by Joseph Conrad:
der, earthquakes would not have awakened the men just
"Looking around as we talked, I saw away at sea a
bright light traveling in the night. 'There's a steamer
passing the bay,' I said. She was not passing, she was
entering, and she even came close and anchored. 'I
wish,' said the old man, 'you would find out whether she
is English. Perhaps they could give us a passage some-
where.' He seemed nervously anxious. So by dint of
punching and kicking I started one of my men into a
state of somnambulism, and giving him an oar, took
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from La Grenadiere by Honore de Balzac:
when they threw the earth on his mother's coffin; he understood that
he should see her no more.
A simple, wooden cross, set up to mark her grave, bore this
inscription, due to the cure of Saint-Cyr:--
AN UNHAPPY WOMAN,
WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF THIRTY-SIX.
KNOWN IN HEAVEN BY THE NAME OF AUGUSTA.
Pray for her!
When all was over, the children came back to La Grenadiere to take a
last look at their home; then, hand in hand, they turned to go with