|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
expose the ship, my ship! to some slighting
He was the first really unsympathetic man I had
ever come in contact with. My education was far
from being finished, though I didn't know it. No!
I didn't know it.
All I knew was that he disliked me and had some
contempt for my person. Why? Apparently
because his ship had been delayed three hours on
my account. Who was I to have such a thing done
for me? Such a thing had never been done for him.
The Shadow Line
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
a common thief, stealing - "
She would not let him go on.
A certain immaturity, the blind confidence of youth in those it
loves, explains Elizabeth's docility at that time. But underneath
her submission that day was a growing uneasiness, fiercely
suppressed. Buried deep, the battle between absolute trust and
fear was beginning, a battle which was so rapidly to mature her.
Nina, shrewd and suspicious, sensed something of nervous strain
in her when she came in, later that day, to borrow a hat.
"Look here, Elizabeth," she began, "I want to talk to you. Are
you going to live in this - this hole all your life?"
The Breaking Point
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
would fain have made an Orpheus of the clumsy infant. While he was
being rescued with great difficulty from their clutches by the German
governess, a voice was heard amid the hubbub,--that of a pretty little
blonde, saying to a small Scottish youth with whom she had danced the
"How odd of Nais to invite little boys of that age!"
"That's easily explained," said the Scottish youth; "he's a boy of the
Treasury department. Nais had to ask him on account of her parents,--a
matter of policy, you know."
Then, taking the arm of one of his friends, the same youth