|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Schoolmistress and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov:
A little later the examining magistrate was sitting in the
kitchen drinking tea, while Loshadin, the constable, was standing
at the door talking. He was an old man about sixty, short and
very thin, bent and white, with a naive smile on his face
and watery eyes, and he kept smacking with his lips as though he
were sucking a sweetmeat. He was wearing a short sheepskin coat
and high felt boots, and held his stick in his hands all the
time. The youth of the examining magistrate aroused his
compassion, and that was probably why he addressed him
"The elder gave orders that he was to be informed when the police
The Schoolmistress and Other Stories
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
perhaps catching in its remoteness the sound of the word woman,
was suddenly moved to begin scolding with all the liberty of a
ghost, in a flow of passionless indignation.
"Woman! That's what I say. That's just about the last touch--that
you, Tom Lingard, red-eyed Tom, King Tom, and all those fine
names, that you should leave your weapons twenty miles behind
you, your men, your guns, your brig that is your strength, and
come along here with your mouth full of fight, bare-handed and
with a woman in tow.--Well--well!"
"Don't forget, Jorgenson, that the lady hears you," remonstrated
Lingard in a vexed tone. . . . "He doesn't mean to be rude," he
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Three Taverns by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Wherefore he loved them -- seeing not
They were the same that in their time
Had eaten everything they caught.
The world around him was a gift
Of anguish to his eyes and ears,
And one that he had long reviled
As fit for devils, not for seers.
Where, then, was there a place for him
That on this other side of death
Saw nothing good, as he had seen
No good come out of Nazareth?