|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
"If they take me to Dort," thought Cornelius, "I shall see,
in passing my house, whether my poor borders have been much
Wherein the Reader begins to guess the Kind of Execution that
was awaiting Van Baerle
The carriage rolled on during the whole day; it passed on
the right of Dort, went through Rotterdam, and reached
Delft. At five o'clock in the evening, at least twenty
leagues had been travelled.
Cornelius addressed some questions to the officer, who was
The Black Tulip
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:
wondering what had taken her. Then, in a minute or less, she
came quickly back to me, and I understood. She was crying.
'M. de Barthe,' she said, in a trembling voice, which told me
that the victory was won, 'is there nothing else? Have you no
other penance for me?'
She had drawn the shawl over her head, and I no longer saw her
'That is all you ask?' she murmured.
'That is all I ask--now,' I answered.
'It is granted,' she said slowly and firmly. 'Forgive me if I
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
government almost daily to look after the interests of people
from his State and congressional district. Legally he is elected
for a term of two years. Practically a session of five or six
months during the first year, and of three months during the
second, further reduce his opportunities more than one-half.
Lincoln did not attempt to shine forth in debate, either by a
stinging retort, or burst of inspired eloquence. He went about
his task quietly and earnestly, performing his share of duty with
industry and a hearty admiration for the ability of better-known
members. "I just take my pen," he wrote enthusiastically to a
friend after listening to a speech which pleased him much, "to