|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Beast in the Jungle by Henry James:
the matter not better, but worse, inasmuch as her original adoption
of his own curiosity had quite become the basis of her life. She
had been living to see what would BE to be seen, and it would quite
lacerate her to have to give up before the accomplishment of the
vision. These reflexions, as I say, quickened his generosity; yet,
make them as he might, he saw himself, with the lapse of the
period, more and more disconcerted. It lapsed for him with a
strange steady sweep, and the oddest oddity was that it gave him,
independently of the threat of much inconvenience, almost the only
positive surprise his career, if career it could be called, had yet
offered him. She kept the house as she had never done; he had to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
most wisely ascribe directly to Him who is the Lord and Giver of
Such persons seemed--I only say seemed--most numerous in England and
in Germany. But there were enough of them in France to change the
destiny of that great nation for awhile--perhaps for ever.
M. de Tocqueville has a whole chapter, and a very remarkable one,
which appears at first sight to militate against my belief--a
chapter "showing that France was the country in which men had become
"The men," he says, "of that time, especially those belonging to the
upper and middle ranks of society, who alone were at all
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:
he said cheerfully. `It's a lady's privilege.'
JULY CAME ON with that breathless, brilliant heat which makes
the plains of Kansas and Nebraska the best corn country in the world.
It seemed as if we could hear the corn growing in the night;
under the stars one caught a faint crackling in the dewy, heavy-odoured
cornfields where the feathered stalks stood so juicy and green.
If all the great plain from the Missouri to the Rocky Mountains
had been under glass, and the heat regulated by a thermometer,
it could not have been better for the yellow tassels that were
ripening and fertilizing the silk day by day. The cornfields were