|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Euthydemus by Plato:
Yes, he replied.
And now, I said, I will ask my stupid question: If there is no such thing
as error in deed, word, or thought, then what, in the name of goodness, do
you come hither to teach? And were you not just now saying that you could
teach virtue best of all men, to any one who was willing to learn?
And are you such an old fool, Socrates, rejoined Dionysodorus, that you
bring up now what I said at first--and if I had said anything last year, I
suppose that you would bring that up too--but are non-plussed at the words
which I have just uttered?
Why, I said, they are not easy to answer; for they are the words of wise
men: and indeed I know not what to make of this word 'nonplussed,' which
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
of the black devils would reappear to torment
him. But the visions were gone for good. His
soul was full of new and happy ideas. He felt
glad to be alone if only he could read, and if he
had the Gospel. He knew that he might have
got hold of the Gospel, but he could not read.
He had started to learn the alphabet in his
boyhood, but could not grasp the joining of the
syllables, and remained illiterate. He made up
his mind to start reading anew, and asked the
guard to bring him the Gospels. They were
The Forged Coupon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Pocket Diary Found in the Snow by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
would have raised it to her lips, had not the little man drawn it
away hastily." It was only my duty, dear young lady," he said.
"A duty that is not onerous when it means the rescue of innocence
and the preventing of crime. It is not always so, unfortunately
- nor am I always so fortunate as in this case."
This indeed is what Muller calls a "case with a happy ending," for
scarcely a year later, to his own great embarrassment, he found
himself the most honoured guest, and a centre of attraction equally
with the bridal couple, at the marriage of Kurt von Mayringen and
Asta Langen. Muller asserts, however, that he is not a success in
society, and that he would rather unravel fifty difficult cases