|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Mother by Owen Wister:
know. He wants a jag of the water-works stock, more than they say they
agreed he should have. So he's shaking this bill over them, which would
allow the city to build its own water-plant, and of course run the
present company out of business. Not a thing in it! All bluff. He'll get
the stock, I suppose. What's that?' he broke off to a clerk who came with
a message. 'Wants 500 preferred does he? Buyer 30? Very well, he can't
have it. Say so from me. Now,' he resumed to me, 'take a cigar by the
way. And don't buy any more Petunias until I tell you the right moment.
Do you see where your Amalgamated Electric has gone to?'"
"I had seen this. It had scored a 20-point rise since my purchase of it;
and I felt very sorry that I had not taken Mr. Beverly's advice and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Where There's A Will by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"How can you care?" she asked, when he only stood and looked at
her. "I've been such a--such a selfish beast!"
"Hush!" He leaned toward her, and I held my breath. "You are
everything that is best in the world, and I--what can I offer
you? I have nothing, not even this sanatorium! No money, no
"Oh, THAT!" she interrupted, and stood waiting. "Well, you--
you could at least offer yourself!"
She went right over to him and put her hands on his shoulders.
"And if you won't," she said, "I'll offer myself instead!"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
talks like that sometimes when there is nobody to hear him."
"What does he say?" inquired Babalatchi, eagerly. "You ought to
"I have forgotten their talk. A little I understood. He spoke
without any respect of the white ruler in Batavia, and of
protection, and said he had been wronged; he said that several
times. More I did not understand. Listen! Again he speaks!"
"Tse! tse! tse!" clicked Babalatchi, trying to appear shocked,
but with a joyous twinkle of his solitary eye. "There will be
great trouble between those white men. I will go round now and
see. You tell your daughter that there is a sudden and a long