|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
colonial affairs, matters of trade, talk of travels, of seaside
holidays and so on. Once I remember "My wife's sailor-brother
Captain Anthony" being produced in connection with nothing less
recondite than a sunset. And little Fyne never failed to add "The
son of Carleon Anthony, the poet--you know." He used to lower his
voice for that statement, and people were impressed or pretended to
The late Carleon Anthony, the poet, sang in his time of the domestic
and social amenities of our age with a most felicitous
versification, his object being, in his own words, "to glorify the
result of six thousand years' evolution towards the refinement of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Emma McChesney & Co. by Edna Ferber:
them get the idea in that skirt. And I'm going to do it. You
don't object to me on the same grounds that you did to Myrtle, do
"You!" burst from the admiring Spalding. "Say, you'd make a
red-flannel petticoat look like crepe de Chine and lace."
"There!" said Grace, triumphant. "That settles it!" And she
was off down the hall. They stood a moment in stunned silence.
"But Jock!" protested Emma, following her "What will Jock say?
Grace! Grace dear! I can't let you do it! I can't!"
"Just unhook this for me, will you?" replied Grace Galt
Emma McChesney & Co.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens:
It was some check upon their transport to find in this person an
entire stranger, but they appealed to him, nevertheless, and
besought him, in impassioned language, to restore them to their
'For what other purpose am I here?' he answered, closing the door,
and standing with his back against it. 'With what object have I
made my way to this place, through difficulty and danger, but to
With a joy for which it was impossible to find adequate expression,
they embraced each other, and thanked Heaven for this most timely
aid. Their deliverer stepped forward for a moment to put the light