|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
winter-quarters as an attempt to impose upon his credulity;
but the frequent voyages made by the _Dobryna_ to the south,
and the repeated consignments of corn and cattle, soon served
to make him aware that Captain Servadac and his companions
were really contemplating a departure from Gourbi Island.
The movement set him thinking. What, he began to ask himself--
what if all that was told him was true? What if this sea was no
longer the Mediterranean? What if he should never again behold his
German fatherland? What if his marts for business were gone for ever?
A vague idea of ruin began to take possession of his mind:
he must yield to necessity; he must do the best he could.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson:
begin a journey of which I cannot perceive an end, and to venture
into this immense plain where I may be approached on every side by
men whom I never saw." The Prince felt nearly the same emotions,
though he thought it more manly to conceal them.
Imlac smiled at their terrors, and encouraged them to proceed. But
the Princess continued irresolute till she had been imperceptibly
drawn forward too far to return.
In the morning they found some shepherds in the field, who set some
milk and fruits before them. The Princess wondered that she did
not see a palace ready for her reception and a table spread with
delicacies; but being faint and hungry, she drank the milk and ate
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
the heart of an observer, but which did not even graze Marius
in his intoxicated and ecstatic state:--
"Oh! how glad you are!"
A cloud swept across Marius' brow. He seized Eponine by the arm:--
"Swear one thing to me!"
"Swear!" said she, "what does that mean? Come! You want me to swear?"
And she laughed.
"Your father! promise me, Eponine! Swear to me that you will not
give this address to your father!"
She turned to him with a stupefied air.
"Eponine! How do you know that my name is Eponine?"