|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Francis observed but little to indicate the manners of the
inhabitants, and that little argued no more than a close reserve
and a taste for solitude. The garden was conventual, the house had
the air of a prison. The green blinds were all drawn down upon the
outside; the door into the verandah was closed; the garden, as far
as he could see it, was left entirely to itself in the evening
sunshine. A modest curl of smoke from a single chimney alone
testified to the presence of living people.
In order that he might not be entirely idle, and to give a certain
colour to his way of life, Francis had purchased Euclid's Geometry
in French, which he set himself to copy and translate on the top of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Adventure by Jack London:
"You don't mean that, you know," he pleaded.
"I do; I really do. I am sick and tired of this protection dodge.
Don't forget for a moment that I am perfectly able to take care of
myself. Besides, I have eight of the best protectors in the world-
"You should have lived a thousand years ago," he laughed, "or a
thousand years hence. You are very primitive, and equally super-
modern. The twentieth century is no place for you."
"But the Solomon Islands are. You were living like a savage when I
came along and found you--eating nothing but tinned meat and scones
that would have ruined the digestion of a camel. Anyway, I've
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:
whether he had given me the right bundle. I rather suspect
he wanted me to take care of another batch of his papers which,
after his death, I saw the manager examining under the lamp.
And the girl talked, easing her pain in the certitude of my sympathy;
she talked as thirsty men drink. I had heard that her
engagement with Kurtz had been disapproved by her people.
He wasn't rich enough or something. And indeed I don't
know whether he had not been a pauper all his life.
He had given me some reason to infer that it was his impatience
of comparative poverty that drove him out there.
"`. . . Who was not his friend who had heard him speak once?'
Heart of Darkness