|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
is like the odour of the room of the dead, a vapour of incense
and corruption. I stood at the edges of the wood, gazing at all
the pomp and procession of the foxgloves towering amidst the
bracken and shining red in the broad sunshine, and beyond them
into deep thickets of close undergrowth where springs boil up
from the rock and nourish the water-weeds, dank and evil. But
in all my wanderings I avoided one part of the wood; it was not
till yesterday that I climbed to the summit of the hill, and
stood upon the ancient Roman road that threads the highest ridge
of the wood. Here they had walked, Helen and Rachel, along this
quiet causeway, upon the pavement of green turf, shut in on
The Great God Pan
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy:
"It is odd," she said, in a voice quite changed, "that I should care
about that air; because----"
"I am not that sort--quite."
"Not easily moved?"
"I didn't quite mean that."
"Oh, but you ARE one of that sort, for you are just like me at heart!"
"But not at head."
She played on and suddenly turned round; and by an unpremeditated
instinct each clasped the other's hand again.
She uttered a forced little laugh as she relinquished his quickly.
Jude the Obscure
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
"No, I won't; but I must leave you now," she went on as if not
"See here--see here!" He tried, from the bench, to take her hand
But that definitely settled it for her: this would, after all, be
as bad as his asking her to supper. "You mustn't come with me--no,
He sank back, quite blank, as if she had pushed him. "I mayn't see
"No, no; let me go." He looked almost as if she had struck him,
but she didn't care; and the manner in which she spoke--it was