|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard:
strong and well. It is contrary to natural law."
"How about microbes?" I asked. "They are said to last
practically for ever, and they are living things. So in their
case your natural law breaks down."
"That is true," he answered. "Some microbes in a sealed tube
and under certain conditions do appear to possess indefinite
powers of life. Also radium has an indefinite life, but that is a
mineral. Only these people are not microbes nor are they
minerals. Also, experience tells us that they could not have
lived for more than a few months at the outside in such
circumstances as we seemed to find them."
When the World Shook
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
like if they'll run, but they mustn't be tied up."
"I was there when that man was shot," said the stranger.
"Why, you seem to have been everywhere," said Peter. "Have you seen Cecil
"Yes, I have seen him," said the stranger.
"Now he's death on niggers," said Peter Halket, warming his hands by the
fire; "they say when he was Prime Minister down in the Colony he tried to
pass a law that would give their masters and mistresses the right to have
their servants flogged whenever they did anything they didn't like; but the
other Englishmen wouldn't let him pass it. But here he can do what he
likes. That's the reason some fellows don't want him to be sent away.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Unconscious Comedians by Honore de Balzac:
vices or fancies,--no doubt to establish an equilibrium."
"And now that the lottery is abolished?" asked Gazonal.
"Oh! now she has a nephew for whom she is hoarding."
When they reached the Vieille rue du Temple the three friends entered
one of the oldest houses in that street and passed up a shaking
staircase, the steps of which, caked with mud, led them in semi-
darkness, and through a stench peculiar to houses on an alley, to the
third story, where they beheld a door which painting alone could
render; literature would have to spend too many nights in suitably
An old woman, in keeping with that door, and who might have been that