|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
On a winter night.
There never was a mood of mine,
Gay or heart-broken, luminous or dull,
But you could ease me of its fever
And give it back to me more beautiful.
In many another soul I broke the bread,
And drank the wine and played the happy guest,
But I was lonely, I remembered you;
The heart belongs to him who knew it best.
"Oh You Are Coming"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
messenger took his leave, and the prisoners followed a very few minutes
Albemarle turned to the prisoners. "You have heard Mr. Trenchard's
story. How do you say - is it true or untrue?"
"You will waste breath in denying it," Trenchard took it again upon
himself to admonish them. "For I have with me the landlord of the
Hare and Hounds, who will corroborate, upon oath, what I have said."
"We do not deny it," put in Blake. "But we submit that the matter is
susceptible to explanation."
"You can keep your explanations till your trial, then," snapped
Albemarle. "I have heard more than enough to commit the pair of you
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gambara by Honore de Balzac:
"I will say good-bye to you, my dear friend. I have had some ideas
seething in my brain since the morning that only wait to soar up to
God on the wings of song, but I wished to see you. Good-bye; I must
ask forgiveness of the Muse. We shall meet at dinner to-night--but no
wine; at any rate, none for me. I am firmly resolved--"
"I give him up!" cried Andrea, flushing red.
"And you restore my sense of conscience," said Marianna. "I dared not
appeal to it! My friend, my friend, it is no fault of ours; he does
not want to be cured."
Six years after this, in January 1837, such artists as were so unlucky