|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy:
and pressing it to his hip went back into the room, and standing
in front of the woman, lowered his eyes and asked in a low voice:
'What do you want?'
She looked at his pale face and his quivering left cheek, and
suddenly felt ashamed. She jumped up, seized her fur cloak, and
throwing it round her shoulders, wrapped herself up in it.
'I was in pain . . . I have caught cold . . . I . . . Father
Sergius . . . I . . .'
He let his eyes, shining with a quiet light of joy, rest upon
her, and said:
'Dear sister, why did you wish to ruin your immortal soul?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
rawhide bridge just as the Peches reached the other side and began
firing stones and long knives at us. We cut the thongs that held up
our end of the bridge and headed for the coast."
A tall, bulky policeman came into Finch's
shop at that moment and leaned an elbow on the showcase. Finch nodded
at him friendly.
"I heard down at Casey's," said the cop, in rumbling, husky tones,
"that there was going to be a picnic of the Hat-Cleaners' Union over
at Bergen Beach, Sunday. Is that right?"
"Sure," said Finch. "There'll be a dandy time."
"Gimme five tickets," said the cop, throwing a five-dollar bill on the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
Mazarin, to require a hundred men as a guard? What use do
you make of these men? -- speak."
"And do you ask me that?" cried the Abbe Fouquet; "ah! how
can you put such a question, -- why I maintain a hundred
"Why, yes, I do put that question to you. What have you to
do with a hundred men? -- answer."
"Ingrate!" continued the abbe, more and more affected.
"Why, monsieur the superintendent, I only want one valet de
chambre, for my part, and even if I were alone, could help
Ten Years Later