|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
and sent for a hackney coach, and in this commodious vehicle
they rolled comfortably downtown. They measured the whole
length of Broadway again and found it a path of fire; and then,
deflecting to the left, they were deposited by their conductor
before a fresh, light, ornamental structure, ten stories high,
in a street crowded with keen-faced, light-limbed young men,
who were running about very quickly and stopping each other eagerly
at corners and in doorways. Passing into this brilliant building,
they were introduced by one of the keen-faced young men--
he was a charming fellow, in wonderful cream-colored garments
and a hat with a blue ribbon, who had evidently perceived them
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain:
for hurry, for the guide-book made the walking-distance
from Wa"ggis to the summit only three hours and a quarter.
I say "apparently," because the guide-book had already
fooled us once--about the distance from Allerheiligen
to Oppenau--and for aught I knew it might be getting ready
to fool us again. We were only certain as to the altitudes--
we calculated to find out for ourselves how many hours
it is from the bottom to the top. The summit is six
thousand feet above the sea, but only forty-five hundred
feet above the lake. When we had walked half an hour,
we were fairly into the swing and humor of the undertaking,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
"A capital profit, -- four hundred per cent., Planchet."
Planchet gave such a blow with his fist upon the table, that
the bottles bounded as if they had been frightened.
"Good heavens! is that possible?"
"I think it will be more," replied D'Artagnan coolly; "but I
like to lay it at the lowest!"
"The devil!" said Planchet, drawing nearer. "Why monsieur,
that is magnificent! Can one put much money in it?"
"Twenty thousand livres each, Planchet."
"Why, that is all you have, monsieur. For how long a time?"
"For a month."
Ten Years Later