|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Poor and Proud by Oliver Optic:
"It's a shame for you to hurt your hands in this manner; but I
dare say that they will soon get hard, like mine, with the
labor," replied Mrs. Howard, as she threw off her hood and rolled
up her sleeves. "Here, child, let me help you."
"You are very kind, ma'am; and I hope I shall be able to do
something for you some time."
"Never you mind that; you are a nice girl, and it does my heart
good to see you trying to help your mother," added the kind
woman, as she detached a large mass of candy, and commenced
pulling it with a vigor that astonished the weak-handed little
girl. "You're a jewel and a blessing, and you're worth a dozen of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela:
"To the country of Monico the cacique!"
The landscape grew clearer; the sun margined the
diaphanous sky with a fringe of crimson. Like the bony
shoulders of immense sleeping monsters, the chains of
mountains rose in the distance. Crags there were like
heads of colossal native idols; others like giants' faces,
their grimaces awe-inspiring or grotesque, calling forth
a smile or a shudder at a presentment of mystery.
Demetrio Macias rode at the head of his men; be-
hind him the members of his staff: Colonel Anastasio
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
little toddling legs; the same dapper bend in the small of the
back; the same cracked squeak; the same low upright forehead, and
tiny eyes; the same round self-satisfied jowl; the same charming
sensitive little cocked nose, always on the look-out for a savory
smell,--and yet while watching for the best, contented with the
worst; a pig of self-helpful and serene spirit, as Jack was, and
therefore, like him, fatting fast while other pigs' ribs are
staring through their skins.
Such was Jack; and lucky it was for him that such he was; for it
was little that he got to fat him at Oxford, in days when a
servitor meant really a servant-student; and wistfully that day did