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l88                THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
2.  During professional engagement
a)  Hours
b)  Smoke
c)  Drink
d)  People
3.  After professional engagement
a)  Decision
b)  Plans
The major parts of this pattern are derived from the working-title. The working-title sums up the major parts. Minor parts do not appear in the working-title. We call th;s a time pattern because the major parts present a time sequence. But notice the minor parts that support the three major parts. The minor parts that support the major Part 1 follow a time sequence. The minor parts that support the major Part 2 do not follow a time sequence. These are sectional in form (a pattern that will soon be explained). The minor parts that support the major Part ^ have two principles of organization, time and sectional. The decision precedes the plan in time; but the pattern is also sectional because each of these parts may be discussed independently of the other (as will be explained further in Section 51 below). It is sufficient to note here the complexity of the pattern as a whole.
Another example of the time pattern may be seen in the structure of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address":
Past ("Fourscore and seven years ago ...") Present ("We have come here to dedicate . . .") Future (". .. that this nation . .. shall not perish from the earth.")
The unity of this famous speech lies in a simple verbal time pattern.