|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
matters of human life, above which the gratitude of posterity has
long elevated them. A few of Leicester's interlocutory sentences
ran as follows:--
"Poynings, good morrow; and how does your wife and fair daughter?
Why come they not to court?--Adams, your suit is naught; the
Queen will grant no more monopolies. But I may serve you in
another matter.--My good Alderman Aylford, the suit of the City,
affecting Queenhithe, shall be forwarded as far as my poor
interest can serve.--Master Edmund Spenser, touching your Irish
petition, I would willingly aid you, from my love to the Muses;
but thou hast nettled the Lord Treasurer."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
affair is hardly worth the trouble of blood being shed
almost in the presence of the princess. M. de Wardes speaks
ill of M. d'Artagnan, with whom he is not even acquainted."
"What, monsieur," said De Wardes, setting his teeth hard
together, and resting the point of his sword on the toe of
his boot, "do you assert that I do not know M. d'Artagnan?"
"Certainly not; you do not know him," replied Raoul, coldly,
"and you are even not aware where he is to he found."
"Not know where he is?"
"Such must be the case, since you fix your quarrel with him
upon strangers, instead of seeking M. d'Artagnan where he is
Ten Years Later
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Astoria by Washington Irving:
shelter their old people, their wives, and their children, the
men of the tribe are almost continually on the foray and the
scamper. They are, in fact, notorious marauders and horse-
stealers; crossing and re-crossing the mountains, robbing on the
one side, and conveying their spoils to the other. Hence, we are
told, is derived their name, given to them on account of their
unsettled and predatory habits; winging their flight, like the
crows, from one side of the mountains to the other, and making
free booty of everything that lies in their way. Horses, however,
are the especial objects of their depredations, and their skill
and audacity in stealing them are said to be astonishing. This is