|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen:
Upon this trust she dared still to remain in his presence,
after the company left them, and nothing occurred to
In the course of this morning's reflections,
she came to a resolution of making her next attempt on
the forbidden door alone. It would be much better in every
respect that Eleanor should know nothing of the matter.
To involve her in the danger of a second detection,
to court her into an apartment which must wring her heart,
could not be the office of a friend. The general's
utmost anger could not be to herself what it might be to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
with a great flower-pot on one side of her, a pile of pink-covered
novels on the other, and a large piece of tapestry depending
from her lap, presented an expansive and imposing front;
but her aspect was in the highest degree gracious, and there was
nothing in her manner to check the effusion of his confidence.
She talked to him about flowers and books, getting launched
with marvelous promptitude; about the theatres, about the peculiar
institutions of his native country, about the humidity of Paris
about the pretty complexions of the American ladies, about his
impressions of France and his opinion of its female inhabitants.
All this was a brilliant monologue on the part of the duchess, who,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
stiffly from side to side and said in a small, shrill voice, "Hurrah
for the King of Bear Center!"
"Very good," said the big Lavender Bear. "He seems to be working very
well today. Tell me, my Pink Pinkerton, what has become of this
lady's jeweled dishpan?"
"U-u-u," said the Pink Bear, and then stopped short.
The King turned the crank again.
"U-g-u the Shoemaker has it," said
the Pink Bear.
"Who is Ugu the Shoemaker?" demanded the King, again turning the
The Lost Princess of Oz