|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Sportsman by Xenophon:
Aeneas saved the ancestral gods--his father's and his
mother's; yea, and his own father also, whereby he bore off a
reputation for piety so great that to him alone among all on whom they
laid their conquering hand in Troy even the enemy granted not to be
 As to Aeneas see Poseidon's speech, "Il." xx. 293 foll.; Grote,
"H. G." i. 413, 427 foll.
 Cf. "Hell." II. iv. 21.
Achilles, lastly, being nursed in this same training, bequeathed
to after-days memorials so fair, so ample, that to speak or hear
concerning him no man wearies.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde:
MRS. CHEVELEY. To offer it to you on conditions. How did you guess
LORD GORING. Because you haven't mentioned the subject. Have you
got it with you?
MRS. CHEVELEY. [Sitting down.] Oh, no! A well-made dress has no
LORD GORING. What is your price for it?
MRS. CHEVELEY. How absurdly English you are! The English think that
a cheque-book can solve every problem in life. Why, my dear Arthur,
I have very much more money than you have, and quite as much as
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
cry because the Orks had not waited to be properly
thanked for all their kindness to her and to Cap'n Bill.
But the Orks were gone, and thanks for good deeds do
not amount to much except to prove one's politeness.
"Well, friends," said the Scarecrow, "we mustn't stay
here in the meadows all night, so let us find a pleasant
place to sleep. Not that it matters to me, in the least,
for I never sleep; but I know that meat people like to
shut their eyes and lie still during the dark hours."
"I'm pretty tired," admitted Trot, yawning as she
followed the straw man along a tiny path, "so, if you
The Scarecrow of Oz