|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
subscribe. When we have got together a little sum we will begin
buying corn and fodder for the cattle; and you, Ivan Ivanitch,
will you be so kind as to undertake distributing the relief?
Entirely relying on your characteristic tact and efficiency, we
will only venture to express a desire that before you give any
relief you make acquaintance with the details of the case on the
spot, and also, which is very important, you should be careful
that corn should be distributed only to those who are in genuine
need, and not to the drunken, the idle, or the dishonest."
"Yes, yes, yes . . ." muttered Ivan Ivanitch. "To be sure, to be
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Crowd by Gustave le Bon:
of not being re-established. Too sudden and complete disillusion
has supervened. The deceptions have been too great, the
disappointments too keen."
 Taine, "Le Regime moderne," vol. ii., 1894. These pages are
almost the last that Taine wrote. They resume admirably the
results of the great philosopher's long experience.
Unfortunately they are in my opinion totally incomprehensible for
such of our university professors who have not lived abroad.
Education is the only means at our disposal of influencing to
some extent the mind of a nation, and it is profoundly saddening
to have to think that there is scarcely any one in France who can
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"A servant of the house of Von der Tann," replied Barney.
"You deserve shooting," growled the officer, "but we'll
leave that to Prince Peter and the king. When I tell them
the trouble you have caused us--well, God help you."
The journey to Blentz was a short one. They had been
much nearer that grim fortress than either had guessed. At
the outskirts of the town they were challenged by Austrian
sentries, through which Maenck passed with ease after the
sentinel had summoned an officer. From this man Maenck
received the password that would carry them through the
The Mad King