|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
a large brown beast which moved swiftly into a thicket. It was enough to
make my heart rise in my throat. To dream of hunting bears was something
vastly different from meeting one in a lonely canyon.
Just after this I saw a herd of deer. They were a good way off. I began to
slip from tree to tree, and drew closer. Presently I came to a little
hollow with a thick, short patch of underbrush growing on the opposite
side. Something crashed in the thicket. Then two beautiful deer ran out.
One bounded leisurely up the slope; the other, with long ears erect,
stopped to look at me. It was no more than fifty yards away. Trembling with
eagerness, I leveled my rifle. I could not get the sight to stay steady on
the deer. Even then, with the rifle wobbling in my intense excitement, I
The Young Forester
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Emma McChesney & Co. by Edna Ferber:
failed occasionally, perhaps Emma McChesney was not so displeased
as she pretended to be. A business discussion, deeply
interesting to both, was likely to run thus:
Buck, entering her office briskly, papers in hand: "Mrs.
McChesney--ahem!--I have here a letter from Singer & French,
Columbus, Ohio. They ask for an extension. They've had ninety
"That's enough. That firm's slow pay, and always will be until
old Singer has the good taste and common sense to retire. It
isn't because the stock doesn't move. Singer simply believes in
not paying for anything until he has to. If I were you, I'd
Emma McChesney & Co.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
He made up a big blaze, and while it lasted dried himself, and
then lay down by the embers. He could not sleep, but he felt a
great numbness in all his limbs. His restlessness was gone, and
he was content to lay still, measuring the time by watching the
stars that rose in endless succession above the forests, while
the slight puffs of wind under the cloudless sky seemed to fan
their twinkle into a greater brightness. Dreamily he assured
himself over and over again that she would come, till the
certitude crept into his heart and filled him with a great peace.
Yes, when the next day broke, they would be together on the great
blue sea that was like life--away from the forests that were like