|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
a view of something like three-quarters of the ledge. It was one
mass of black forms, packed tightly together, gazing at our
They looked particularly silly and helpless to me then,
rendered powerless as they were by a little bit of rock. Brute
force was all they had; and nature, being the biggest brute of all,
laughed at them.
But I soon found that they were not devoid of resource. For
perhaps fifteen minutes the scene remained unchanged; not one
ventured to approach the crevice. Then there was a sudden movement
and shifting in the mass; it split suddenly in the middle; they
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:
touch of the 'question.'"
The countess gave a sign, and turned pale; she could not speak, but
looked at the king. That look was observed by Saint-Vallier, who
muttered in a low tone: "I am betrayed; that thief is an acquaintance
of my wife."
"Silence!" cried the king. "Some one is here who will wear out my
patience. Go at once and put a stop to the execution," he continued,
addressing the grand provost. "You will answer with your own body for
that of the criminal, my friend. This affair must be better sifted,
and I reserve to myself the doing of it. Set the prisoner at liberty
provisionally; I can always recover him; these robbers have retreats
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke:
"Let us take our walk to-day. We have no work to do.
Come! In this clear, frosty air, Spy Rock will be glorious!"
"No," I answered, "this is no day for such an expedition.
This is the home day. Stay here and be happy with us all.
You owe this to love and friendship. You owe it to Dorothy
"Owe it?" said he. "Speaking of debts, I think each man
is his own preferred creditor. But of course you can do as
you like about to-day. Tomorrow or Saturday will answer just
as well for our third walk together."
About noon he came down from his room and went to the