|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
but from the consulting-room beyond came the sound of two voices,
not very amicable.
"It is an outrageous figure," some one was storming. Then the
doctor's quiet tone, evidently not arguing, merely stating
something. But I had not time to listen to some person probably
disputing his bill, so I coughed. The voices ceased at once: a
door closed somewhere, and the doctor entered from the hall of
the house. He looked sufficiently surprised at seeing me.
"Good afternoon, Doctor," I said formally. "I shall not
keep you from your patient. I wish merely to ask you a
The Circular Staircase
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Monster Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
at the east end of the shed. Quickly he crossed to the
low structure. Within its compartments a number of
deformed monsters squatted upon their haunches, or lay
prone upon the native mats that covered the floor.
As the man entered they looked furtively at the bull
whip which trailed from his right hand, and then
glanced fearfully at one another as though questioning
which was the malefactor on this occasion.
Von Horn ran his eyes over the hideous assemblage.
"Where is Number One?" he asked, directing his question
toward a thing whose forehead gave greater promise of
The Monster Men
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
'Till I have no wife, I have nothing in France.'
Nothing in France until he has no wife!
Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France;
Then hast thou all again. Poor lord! is't I
That chase thee from thy country, and expose
Those tender limbs of thine to the event
Of the none-sparing war? and is it I
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou
Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark
Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers,