|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Astoria by Washington Irving:
Blackfeet, that come scouring upon them in their weary march
across the plains, or lie in wait for them among the passes of
We are wandering, however, into excursive speculations, when our
intention was merely to give an idea of the nature of the
wilderness which Mr. Hunt was about to traverse; and which at
that time was far less known than at present; though it still
remains in a great measure an unknown land. We cannot be
surprised, therefore, that some of the resolute of his party
should feel dismay at the thoughts of adventuring into this
perilous wilderness under the uncertain guidance of three
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Adieu by Honore de Balzac:
The Russians are ten minutes' march from here; they have horses; we
are going up to their first battery for a pair."
"But the sentinels?"
"One of us three--" he interrupted himself, and turned to the aide-de-
camp. "You will come, Hippolyte, won't you?"
"One of us," continued the major, "will take care of the sentinel.
Besides, perhaps they are asleep too, those cursed Russians."
"Forward! major, you're a brave one! But you'll give me a lift on your
carriage?" said the grenadier.
"Yes, if you don't leave your skin up there-- If I fall, Hippolyte,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Aspern Papers by Henry James:
to drag herself about the house." And she stood looking down
at her immemorial companion with a sort of helpless wonder,
as if all their years of familiarity had not made her perversities,
on occasion, any more easy to follow.
"I know what I'm about. I'm not losing my mind.
I daresay you would like to think so," said Miss Bordereau
with a cynical little sigh.
"I don't suppose you came out here yourself. Miss Tita must have had to lend
you a hand," I interposed with a pacifying intention.
"Oh, she insisted that we should push her; and when she insists!"
said Miss Tita in the same tone of apprehension; as if there were no