|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
a sick-room, and as he drew near the low bed he took his hat
off. The guard was a big, blowsy, innocent-looking soul with
a thick lip and a broad nose, comically turned up; his cheeks
were crimson, and when Mr. Archer laid a finger on his brow
he found him burning with fever.
'I fear you suffer much,' he said, with a catch in his voice,
as he sat down on the bedside.
'I suppose I do, sir,' returned Oglethorpe; 'it is main
'I am used to wounds and wounded men,' returned the visitor.
'I have been in the wars and nursed brave fellows before now;
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
We took him setting of boys' copies.
Here's a villain!
Has a book in his pocket with red letters in 't.
Nay, then, he is a conjurer.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy:
married you--some day--I think. But I give way, for I see it
would be unwise."
He made no reply, but sat back upon a bough, placed his elbow in a
fork, and rested his head upon his hand. Thus he remained till
the fog and the night had completely enclosed him from her view.
Grace heaved a divided sigh, with a tense pause between, and moved
onward, her heart feeling uncomfortably big and heavy, and her
eyes wet. Had Giles, instead of remaining still, immediately come
down from the tree to her, would she have continued in that filial
acquiescent frame of mind which she had announced to him as final?
If it be true, as women themselves have declared, that one of