|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
"Have you seen Therese to-night?"
"Yes," I confessed without misgiving. "I left her making up the
fellow's bed when I came in here."
"The bed of the Jacobin?" she said in a peculiar tone as if she
were humouring a lunatic.
"I think I had better tell you he is a Spaniard - that he seems to
know you from early days. . . ." I glanced at her face, it was
extremely tense, apprehensive. For myself I had no longer any
doubt as to the man and I hoped she would reach the correct
conclusion herself. But I believe she was too distracted and
The Arrow of Gold
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey:
"It was Mescal. Listen. Let me tell you how it all happened. I was out
at the forge when I heard a bunch of horses coming up the lane. I wasn't
packing my gun, but I ran anyway. When I got to the house there was Dave
facing Snap, Dene, and a bunch of rustlers. I saw Chance at first, but
not Holderness. There must have been twenty men.
"'I came after Mescal, that's what,' Snap was saying.
"'You can't have her,' Dave answered.
"'We'll shore take her, an' we want Silvermane, too,' said Dene.
"'So you're a horse-thief as well as a rustler?' asked Dave.
"'Naab, I ain't in any mind to fool. Snap wants the girl, an' I want
Silvermane, an' that damned spy that come back to life.'
The Heritage of the Desert
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Two Poets by Honore de Balzac:
smatterings of natural science. A mother might have modified the
effects of a man's education upon a young girl, whose independent
spirit had been fostered in the first place by a country life. The
Abbe Niollant, an enthusiast and a poet, possessed the artistic
temperament in a peculiarly high degree, a temperament compatible with
many estimable qualities, but prone to raise itself above bourgeois
prejudices by the liberty of its judgments and breadth of view. In
society an intellect of this order wins pardon for its boldness by its
depth and originality; but in private life it would seem to do
positive mischief, by suggesting wanderings from the beaten track. The
Abbe was by no means wanting in goodness of heart, and his ideas were