|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Moby Dick by Herman Melville:
other boats; as well roar to the live coals down the chimney of a
flaming furnace as hail those boats in that storm. Meanwhile the
driving scud, rack, and mist, grew darker with the shadows of night;
no sign of the ship could be seen. The rising sea forbade all
attempts to bale out the boat. The oars were useless as propellers,
performing now the office of life-preservers. So, cutting the
lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck
contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a
waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this
forlorn hope. There, then, he sat, holding up that imbecile candle
in the heart of that almighty forlornness. There, then, he sat, the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
and departed, under the escort of Little John, to another seat of the Gamwells
in Yorkshire. Young Gamwell, taking it for granted that his offence
was past remission, determined on joining Robin Hood, and accompanied him
to the forest, where it was deemed expedient that he should change his name;
and he was rechristened without a priest, and with wine instead of water,
by the immortal name of Scarlet.
Who set my man i' the stocks?----
I set him there, Sir but his own disorders
Deserved much less advancement.--Lear.
The baron was inflexible in his resolution not to let Matilda leave
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Professor by Charlotte Bronte:
rang, both at her house and M. Pelet's; we were obliged to part;
I detained her a moment as she was moving away.
"I want something," said I.
"What?" asked Zoraide naively.
"Only a flower."
"Gather it then--or two, or twenty, if you like."
"No--one will do-but you must gather it, and give it to me."
"What a caprice!" she exclaimed, but she raised herself on her
tip-toes, and, plucking a beautiful branch of lilac, offered it
to me with grace. I took it, and went away, satisfied for the
present, and hopeful for the future.