|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
beyond the limits of the city, and was known to many lovers of
good English. I had discovered a new slum, a place of
precarious, sandy cliffs, deep, sandy cuttings, solitary, ancient
houses, and the butt-ends of streets. It was already environed.
The ranks of the street-lamps threaded it unbroken. The city,
upon all sides of it, was tightly packed, and growled with
traffic. To-day, I do not doubt the very landmarks are all swept
away; but it offered then, within narrow limits, a delightful
peace, and (in the morning, when I chiefly went there) a
seclusion almost rural. On a steep sand-hill, in this
neighbourhood, toppled, on the most insecure foundation, a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of
I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly
afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight,
with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings
of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my
physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.
The said Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their
mama in the drawing-room: she lay reclined on a sofa by the
fireside, and with her darlings about her (for the time neither
quarrelling nor crying) looked perfectly happy. Me, she had
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Door in the Wall, et. al. by H. G. Wells:
my mind that I could not keep it to myself.
"I told--What was his name?--a ferrety-looking youngster we
used to call Squiff."
"Young Hopkins," said I.
"Hopkins it was. I did not like telling him, I had a feeling
that in some way it was against the rules to tell him, but I did.
He was walking part of the way home with me; he was talkative, and
if we had not talked about the enchanted garden we should have
talked of something else, and it was intolerable to me to think
about any other subject. So I blabbed.
"Well, he told my secret. The next day in the play interval