|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from McTeague by Frank Norris:
owned in Central America a long time ago. Don't you know,
it rang like so many bells? Red gold, you know, like
"Ah," said Maria, putting her chin in the air as if she knew
a long story about that if she had a mind to tell it. "Ah,
yes, that gold service."
"Tell us about it again," said Zerkow, his bloodless lower
lip moving against the upper, his claw-like fingers feeling
about his mouth and chin. "Tell us about it; go on."
He was breathing short, his limbs trembled a little. It was
as if some hungry beast of prey had scented a quarry. Maria
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad:
the bridge, moving about with uneasy self-assertion.
Everybody on board was his inferior--everyone with-
out exception. He paid their wages and found them in
their food. They ate more of his bread and pocketed
more of his money than they were worth; and they had
no care in the world, while he alone had to meet all the
difficulties of shipowning. When he contemplated his
position in all its menacing entirety, it seemed to him
that he had been for years the prey of a band of para-
sites: and for years he had scowled at everybody con-
nected with the Sofala except, perhaps, at the Chinese
End of the Tether
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Frances Waldeaux by Rebecca Davis:
When Miss Vance came into the corridor after she had
reported this interview to Lucy, Jean swept her into her
room and dragged the whole story from her. In fact the
poor anxious lady was glad to submit it to the girl's
shrewd hard sense.
"You told him that she was the uncontrolled mistress of
"It is the truth. I had to tell him the truth, my dear."
"Yes, I suppose so, for he would have found it out