|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce:
where the rope had bruised it. His eyes felt congested; he
could no longer close them. His tongue was swollen with
thirst; he relieved its fever by thrusting it forward from
between his teeth into the cold air. How softly the turf had
carpeted the untraveled avenue -- he could no longer feel the
roadway beneath his feet!
Doubtless, despite his suffering, he had fallen asleep while
walking, for now he sees another scene -- perhaps he has
merely recovered from a delirium. He stands at the gate of
his own home. All is as he left it, and all bright and
beautiful in the morning sunshine. He must have traveled the
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Jolly Corner by Henry James:
my exile, I shouldn't have been waiting till now - ?" But he
pulled up for the strange pang.
"The great thing to see," she presently said, "seems to me to be
that it has spoiled nothing. It hasn't spoiled your being here at
last. It hasn't spoiled this. It hasn't spoiled your speaking - "
She also however faltered.
He wondered at everything her controlled emotion might mean. "Do
you believe then - too dreadfully! - that I AM as good as I might
ever have been?"
"Oh no! Far from it!" With which she got up from her chair and
was nearer to him. "But I don't care," she smiled.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
Besides, that is not all. Read on, read on;" and Fouquet
continued, ---"The two first to death, the third to be
dismissed, with MM. d'Hautemont and de la Vallette, who will
only have their property confiscated."
"Great God!" cried Fouquet, "to death, to death! Lyodot and
D'Eymeris. But even if the Chamber of Justice should condemn
them to death, the king will never ratify their
condemnation, and they cannot be executed without the king's
"The king has made M. Colbert intendant."
"Oh!" cried Fouquet, as if he caught a glimpse of the abyss
Ten Years Later