|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
dollars, and the trees will all gather around the summer camps, as the
Birnam woods came to Dunsinane, and be preserved.
North came to see me in my three rooms and bath, extra charge for
light when used extravagantly or all night. He slapped me on the back
(I would rather have my shins kicked any day), and greeted me with
out-door obstreperousness and revolting good spirits. He was
insolently brown and healthy-looking, and offensively well dressed.
"Just ran down for a few days," said he, "to sign some papers and
stuff like that. My lawyer wired me to come. Well, you indolent
cockney, what are you doing in town? I took a chance and telephoned,
and they said you were here. What's the matter with that Utopia on
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:
art thou not at Notre Dame?"
"I have been there, mother," said Friquet, "but I saw things
happen of which Master Broussel ought to be warned, and so
with Monsieur Bazin's permission -- you know, mother,
Monsieur Bazin, the verger -- I came to speak to Monsieur
"And what hast thou to say, boy, to Monsieur Broussel?"
"I wish to tell him," replied Friquet, screaming with all
his might, "that there is a whole regiment of guards coming
this way. And as I hear everywhere that at the court they
are ill-disposed to him, I wish to warn him, that he may be
Twenty Years After
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:
relevancy to anybody. That the commonest objects should bear titles
because of their connection with some particular person is
comprehensible, but what excuse can be made for a phrase like the
following, "It respectfully does that the august seat exists," all
of which simply means "is," and may be applied to anything, being
the common word--in Japanese it is all one word now--for that
apparently simple idea. It would seem a sad waste of valuable
material. The real reason why so much distinguished consideration
is shown the article in question lies in the fact that it is treated
as existing with reference to the person addressed, and therefore
becomes ipso facto august.