|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
for people who have read Hegel and Dr. M'Cosh, to decide intelligibly
upon the issue raised. Then I fell into a long and abstruse
calculation with my landlord; having for object to compare the
distance driven by him during eight years' service on the box of the
Wendover coach with the girth of the round world itself. We tackled
the question most conscientiously, made all necessary allowance for
Sundays and leap-years, and were just coming to a triumphant
conclusion of our labours when we were stayed by a small lacuna in my
information. I did not know the circumference of the earth. The
landlord knew it, to be sure - plainly he had made the same
calculation twice and once before, - but he wanted confidence in his
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela:
Then, drowsily, he half closed his eyes, and soon fell
"Hey!" a man called to Pancracio from the threshold.
"When can I see your general?"
"You can't see him. He's got a hangover this morn-
ing. What the hell do you want?"
"I want to buy some of those books you're burning."
"I'll sell them to you myself."
"How much do you want for them?"
Pancracio frowned in bewilderment.
"Give me a nickel for those with pictures, see. I'll
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The People That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
to emerge from a dense wood when I saw that ahead of us which
caused me to draw back into concealment, at the same time
pushing Ajor behind me. What I saw was a party of Band-lu
warriors--large, fierce-appearing men. From the direction of
their march I saw that they were returning to their caves, and
that if we remained where we were, they would pass without
Presently Ajor nudged me. "They have a prisoner," she whispered.
"He is a Kro-lu."
And then I saw him, the first fully developed Krolu I had seen.
He was a fine-looking savage, tall and straight with a regal carriage.
The People That Time Forgot