|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from McTeague by Frank Norris:
till a week before Christmas, Uncle Oelbermann could take as
many "Noah's ark sets" as she could make.
Suddenly Trina paused in her work, looking expectantly
toward the door. McTeague came in.
"Why, Mac," exclaimed Trina. "It's only three o'clock. What
are you home so early for? Have they discharged you?"
"They've fired me," said McTeague, sitting down on the bed.
"Fired you! What for?"
"I don' know. Said the times were getting hard an' they had
to let me go."
Trina let her paint-stained hands fall into her lap.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
swimmin'?" he asked.
"My Gawd, Bill, you ain't agoin' to wash!" exclaimed a comrade.
This raised a laugh in which Black joined. But no one seemed
eager to join him in a bath.
"Laziest outfit I ever rustled with," went on Bill,
discontentedly. "Nuthin' to do! Say, if nobody wants to swim
maybe some of you'll gamble?"
He produced a dirty pack of cards and waved them at the
"Bill, you're too good at cards," replied a lanky outlaw.
"Now, Jasper, you say thet powerful sweet, an' you look sweet,
The Lone Star Ranger
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Recruit by Honore de Balzac:
muscles of her face contracted from the effort that she made to
exhibit firmness, and the implacable eye of the public prosecutor lost
none of her movements.
"Well, receive him," continued the functionary of the Revolution, "but
do not keep him under your roof later than seven o'clock in the
morning. To-morrow, at eight, I shall be at your door with a
She looked at him with a stupid air that might have made a tiger
"I will prove," he continued in a kindly voice, "the falsity of the
denunciation, by making a careful search of the premises; and the