|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous by Oscar Wilde:
daughter of the Emperor. I have heard the boatmen say that the
Emperor has a daughter who wears a cloak of purple.
SECOND MAN. She has birds' wings upon her sandals, and her tunic is
of the colour of green corn. It is like corn in spring when she
stands still. It is like young corn troubled by the shadows of
hawks when she moves. The pearls on her tunic are like many moons.
FIRST MAN. They are like the moons one sees in the water when the
wind blows from the hills.
SECOND MAN. I think she is one of the gods. I think she comes from
FIRST MAN. I am sure she is the daughter of the Emperor. Her nails
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Euthyphro by Plato:
SOCRATES: Medicine is also a sort of ministration or service, having in
view the attainment of some object--would you not say of health?
EUTHYPHRO: I should.
SOCRATES: Again, there is an art which ministers to the ship-builder with
a view to the attainment of some result?
EUTHYPHRO: Yes, Socrates, with a view to the building of a ship.
SOCRATES: As there is an art which ministers to the house-builder with a
view to the building of a house?
SOCRATES: And now tell me, my good friend, about the art which ministers
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton:
sorry to have known it. Two facts, however, took the edge from its
perfection: that it had happened in the shop, and that she had not
had on her black silk.
She passed the next hour in a state of dreamy ecstasy.
Something had entered into her life of which no subsequent
empoverishment could rob it: she glowed with the same rich sense of
possessorship that once, as a little girl, she had felt when her
mother had given her a gold locket and she had sat up in bed in the
dark to draw it from its hiding-place beneath her night-gown.
At length a dread of Evelina's return began to mingle with
these musings. How could she meet her younger sister's eye without