|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Island Nights' Entertainments by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Kokua, as from persons who had dealings with the devil. So far
from gaining ground, these two began to find they were avoided in
the town; the children ran away from them screaming, a thing
intolerable to Kokua; Catholics crossed themselves as they went by;
and all persons began with one accord to disengage themselves from
Depression fell upon their spirits. They would sit at night in
their new house, after a day's weariness, and not exchange one
word, or the silence would be broken by Kokua bursting suddenly
into sobs. Sometimes they would pray together; sometimes they
would have the bottle out upon the floor, and sit all evening
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Her breast was rising and falling as though to some
resistless emotion. She half took a step toward him.
Her lips parted as though to speak--swiftly and impetuously.
And then she conquered whatever had moved her.
"The future acts of the Prince of Helium," she said coldly,
"must constitute the proof of his past honesty of purpose."
Carthoris was hurt by the girl's tone, as much as by
the doubt as to his integrity which her words implied.
He had half hoped that she might hint that his love
would be acceptable--certainly there was due him at least
a little gratitude for his recent acts in her behalf;
Thuvia, Maid of Mars
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
Michael Strogoff thought instantly of the young girl;
but, while the passengers in her compartment were pre-
cipitating themselves outside, screaming and struggling,
she had remained quietly in her place, her face scarcely
changed by a slight pallor.
She waited -- Michael Strogoff waited also.
Both remained quiet.
"A determined nature!" thought Michael Strogoff.
However, all danger had quickly disappeared. A break-
age of the coupling of the luggage-van had first caused the
shock to, and then the stoppage of, the train, which in an-