|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Contrast by Royall Tyler:
Brother, will you give me leave to introduce you to our
uncle's ward, one of my most intimate friends?
MANLY [saluting Letitia].
I ought to regard your friends as my own.
Come, Letitia, do give us a little dash of your
vivacity; my brother is so sentimental and so grave,
that I protest he'll give us the vapours.
Though sentiment and gravity, I know, are ban-
ished the polite world, yet I hoped they might find
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
wife. Rumor, I remembered, had said other things even less pleasant,
things which had been brought out at Bronson's arrest for forgery.
"We met last under less fortunate circumstances," she was saying.
"I have been fit for nothing since that terrible day. And you - you
had a broken arm, I think."
"I still have it," I said, with a lame attempt at jocularity; "but
to have escaped at all was a miracle. We have much, indeed, to be
"I suppose we have," she said carelessly, "although sometimes I doubt
it." She was looking somberly toward the door through which her
late companion had made his exit.
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling:
'Fetch it? Where from?' said Una.
'From that newly invented water-mill below the Forge.'
'That's Forge Mill - our Mill!' Una looked at Puck.
'Yes; yours,' Puck put in. 'How old did you think it was?'
'I don't know. Didn't Sir Richard Dalyngridge talk
'He did, and it was old in his day,' Puck answered.
'Hundreds of years old.'
'It was new in mine,' said Parnesius. 'My men looked
at the flour in their helmets as though it had been a nest of
adders. They did it to try my patience. But I - addressed