|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
him in a spirit comparatively selfish. It was very discouraging:
I almost felt the liberty had been taken with myself.
I had had on my tongue's end, for my own part, a phrase or two
about the right word at the right time; but later on I was glad not
to have spoken, for when on our return we clustered at tea I
perceived Lady Jane, who had not been out with us, brandishing THE
MIDDLE with her longest arm. She had taken it up at her leisure;
she was delighted with what she had found, and I saw that, as a
mistake in a man may often be a felicity in a woman, she would
practically do for me what I hadn't been able to do for myself.
"Some sweet little truths that needed to be spoken," I heard her
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
call him to guidance, "Come to us? "' Say, 'Verily, God's guidance
is the guidance, and we are bidden to resign ourselves unto the Lord
of the worlds, and be ye steadfast in prayer and fear Him, for He it
is to whom we shall be gathered.'
He it is who has created the heavens and the earth in truth; and
on the day when He says, 'BE,' then it is. His word is truth; to Him
is the kingdom on the day when the trumpets shall be blown; the knower
of the unseen and of the evident; He is wise and well aware.
When Abraham said to his father Azar, 'Dost thou take idols for
gods? verily, I see thee and thy people in obvious error.' Thus did we
show Abraham the kingdom of heaven and of the earth, that he should be
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift:
be rid of the charge of maintaining them after the first year.
Fifthly, This food would likewise bring great custom to taverns,
where the vintners will certainly be so prudent as to procure the
best receipts for dressing it to perfection; and consequently
have their houses frequented by all the fine gentlemen, who
justly value themselves upon their knowledge in good eating; and
a skilful cook, who understands how to oblige his guests, will
contrive to make it as expensive as they please.
Sixthly, This would be a great inducement to marriage, which all
wise nations have either encouraged by rewards, or enforced by
laws and penalties. It would encrease the care and tenderness of
A Modest Proposal