|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
alternate monarchy, Tamasese taking the first trick of two years.
War was imminent, when the consuls interfered, and any war were
preferable to the terms of the peace which they procured. By the
Lackawanna treaty, Laupepa was confirmed king, and Tamasese set by
his side in the nondescript office of vice-king. The compromise
was not, I am told, without precedent; but it lacked all appearance
of success. To the constitution of Samoa, which was already all
wheels and no horses, the consuls had added a fifth wheel. In
addition to the old conundrum, "Who is the king?" they had supplied
a new one, "What is the vice-king?"
Two royal lines; some cloudy idea of alternation between the two;
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
thing for the critic to look for. It strikes me," my visitor
added, smiling, "even as the thing for the critic to find."
This seemed a responsibility indeed. "You call it a little trick?"
"That's only my little modesty. It's really an exquisite scheme."
"And you hold that you've carried the scheme out?"
"The way I've carried it out is the thing in life I think a bit
well of myself for."
I had a pause. "Don't you think you ought - just a trifle - to
assist the critic?"
"Assist him? What else have I done with every stroke of my pen?
I've shouted my intention in his great blank face!" At this,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Herodias by Gustave Flaubert:
to that place. Others held fast to the principles of their native
religion. A German, who was nearly blind, sang a hymn celebrating that
promontory in Scandinavia where the gods were wont to appear with
halos around their heads. The people from Sichem declined to eat
turtles, out of deference to the dove Azima.
Several groups stood talking near the middle of the banqueting-hall,
and the vapour of their breath, mingled with the smoke from the
candles, formed a light mist. Presently Phanuel slipped quietly into
the room, keeping close to the wall. He had been out in the open
courtyard, to make another survey of the heavens. He stopped when he
reached the pavilion of the tetrarch, fearing he would be splashed