|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Georgics by Virgil:
Corroded, or with ponderous harrow strike
On empty helmets, while he gapes to see
Bones as of giants from the trench untombed.
Gods of my country, heroes of the soil,
And Romulus, and Mother Vesta, thou
Who Tuscan Tiber and Rome's Palatine
Preservest, this new champion at the least
Our fallen generation to repair
Forbid not. To the full and long ago
Our blood thy Trojan perjuries hath paid,
Laomedon. Long since the courts of heaven
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
"And your inference?" asked the count.
"My inference," replied the lieutenant, "is a confirmation of my surmise
that we are following an orbit decidedly elliptical, although we have not yet
the material to determine its eccentricity."
"As the writer adheres to the appellation of Gallia, do you not think,"
asked the count, "that we might call these new waters the Gallian Sea?"
"There can be no reason to the contrary, count," replied the lieutenant;
"and as such I will insert it upon my new chart."
"Our friend," said Servadac, "seems to be more and more gratified
with the condition of things; not only has he adopted our motto,
'_Nil desperandum!_' but see how enthusiastically he has wound up
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
or no serum, and in two hours time it became
as fragile as coral.
He was unable to pronounce more than
a few words, such as Oui, Non, Caillou,
Bon. ``He has been taught,'' adds the
pious father, evidently pleased with the
docility of his interesting pupil, ``to make
the sign of the cross, and was baptized some
months ago in the church of St. Come, at
Paris. THE RESPECT HE SHOWS TO ECCLESIASTICS
AND HIS READY DISPOSITION TO PLEASE
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