|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson:
house above him, he could surely hear a stir of delicate footing -
he was surely conscious, inexplicably conscious of some presence.
Ay, surely; to every room and corner of the house his imagination
followed it; and now it was a faceless thing, and yet had eyes to
see with; and again it was a shadow of himself; and yet again
behold the image of the dead dealer, reinspired with cunning and
At times, with a strong effort, he would glance at the open door
which still seemed to repel his eyes. The house was tall, the
skylight small and dirty, the day blind with fog; and the light
that filtered down to the ground story was exceedingly faint, and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
eyes seemed to keep watch over impulses not strictly
"Well, I don't know that we need lock you up just yet. But of
course I'm bound to look into your statement--"
Granice rose with an exquisite sense of relief. Surely Allonby
wouldn't have said that if he hadn't believed him!
"That's all right. Then I needn't detain you. I can be found at
any time at my apartment." He gave the address.
The District Attorney smiled again, more openly. "What do you
say to leaving it for an hour or two this evening? I'm giving a
little supper at Rector's--quiet, little affair, you understand:
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Witch, et. al by Anton Chekhov:
"Grandfather," Lipa asked, "when anyone dies, how many days does
his soul walk the earth?"
"Who can tell! Ask Vavila here, he has been to school. Now they
teach them everything. Vavila!" the old man called to him.
"Vavila, when anyone dies how long does his soul walk the earth?
Vavila stopped the horse and only then answered:
"Nine days. My uncle Kirilla died and his soul lived in our hut
thirteen days after."
"How do you know?"