|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
head ache, that she had spent so much money. . . . At the
stations he would continually be having to run for boiling water,
bread and butter. . . . She wouldn't have dinner because of its
being too dear. . . .
"She would begrudge me every farthing," he thought, with a glance
at his wife. "The lottery ticket is hers, not mine! Besides, what
is the use of her going abroad? What does she want there? She
would shut herself up in the hotel, and not let me out of her
sight. . . . I know!"
And for the first time in his life his mind dwelt on the fact
that his wife had grown elderly and plain, and that she was
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Contrast by Royall Tyler:
But, brother, we must introduce you to some of our
gay folks, and let you see the city, such as it is. Mr.
Dimple is known to almost every family in town; he
will doubtless take a pleasure in introducing you.
I shall esteem every service I can render your
brother an honour.
I fear the business I am upon will take up all my
time, and my family will be anxious to hear from me.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad:
fuss. The Hamburg ship, filling all at once, cap-
sized as she sank, and at daylight there was not
even the end of a spar to be seen above water. She
was missed, of course, and at first the Coastguard-
men surmised that she had either dragged her an-
chor or parted her cable some time during the
night, and had been blown out to sea. Then, after
the tide turned, the wreck must have shifted a little
and released some of the bodies, because a child
--a little fair-haired child in a red frock--
came ashore abreast of the Martello tower. By