|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
but only before them! We had an interview yesterday morning.
They came out, flat, in so many words. They told me to go
about my business. It seems to me a very bad case.
I'm angry, I'm sore, I'm sick."
Valentin lay there staring, with his eyes more brilliantly lighted,
his lips soundlessly parted, and a flush of color in his pale face.
Newman had never before uttered so many words in the plaintive key,
but now, in speaking to Valentin in the poor fellow's extremity,
he had a feeling that he was making his complaint somewhere
within the presence of the power that men pray to in trouble;
he felt his outgush of resentment as a sort of spiritual privilege.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
Bella screamed again, still clinging to him. Ben was saying:
"He won't hurt you. He won't hurt you," meanwhile patting her
shoulder reassuringly. He looked down at her pale face. She was
so slight, so childlike, so apparently different from the sturdy
country girls. From--well, from the girls he knew. Her
helplessness, her utter femininity, appealed to all that was
masculine in him. Bella, the experienced, clinging to him, felt
herself swept from head to foot by a queer electric tingling that
was very pleasant but that still had in it something of the
sensation of a wholesale bumping of one's crazy bone. If she had
been anything but a stupid little flirt, she would have realized
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Apology by Plato:
me even about trifles, if I was going to make a slip or error in any
matter; and now as you see there has come upon me that which may be
thought, and is generally believed to be, the last and worst evil. But the
oracle made no sign of opposition, either when I was leaving my house in
the morning, or when I was on my way to the court, or while I was speaking,
at anything which I was going to say; and yet I have often been stopped in
the middle of a speech, but now in nothing I either said or did touching
the matter in hand has the oracle opposed me. What do I take to be the
explanation of this silence? I will tell you. It is an intimation that
what has happened to me is a good, and that those of us who think that
death is an evil are in error. For the customary sign would surely have