|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence:
"I can't see as it makes any difference," said Morel.
"I've got a weak chest."
He returned to his own bed.
"I suppose the rest of me's all right," said Dawes, and he
put out the light.
In the morning it was raining. Morel packed his bag.
The sea was grey and shaggy and dismal. He seemed to be cutting
himself off from life more and more. It gave him a wicked pleasure
to do it.
The two men were at the station. Clara stepped out of the train,
and came along the platform, very erect and coldly composed.
Sons and Lovers
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles:
Were both at fault?
What was the tale?
Ask me no more. The land is sore distressed;
'Twere better sleeping ills to leave at rest.
Strange counsel, friend! I know thou mean'st me well,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
eyed him for this conduct in the presence of a lady. The lively strength
of the butter must, I think, have reached all in the room; at any rate,
the table-cloth lad, troubled by Mr. McLean's eye, now relieved the
general silence by observing, chattily:
"Say, friends, that butter ain't in no trance."
"If it's too rich for you," croaked the enraged proprietor, "use
The company continued gravely feeding, while I struggled to preserve the
decorum of sadness, and Miss Buckner's face was also unsteady. But
sternness mantled in the countenance of Mr. McLean, until the harmless
boy, embarrassed to pieces, offered the untasted smelling-dish to Lin, to