|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
for the killing of Turnbull," argued Kent. "Turnbull was cashier of
"I see; he may have discovered the forgeries - but hold on."
Ferguson checked his rapid speech. "When were these forged checks
presented at the bank?"
Ferguson's face fell. "Pshaw! man; that was after Turnbull's death
- how could he detect the forgeries?"
Kent did not reply at once; instead, he glanced keenly about the
living room. The detective had only switched on one of the reading
lamps and the greater part was in shadow. It was a pleasant and
The Red Seal
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Glaucus/The Wonders of the Shore by Charles Kingsley:
of the stone. A tiny jet of water shoots up almost into your face.
The bivalve (20) who has burrowed into the limestone knot (the
softest part of the stone to his jaws, though the hardest to your
chisel) is scandalized at having the soft mouths of his siphons so
rudely touched, and taking your finger for some bothering Annelid,
who wants to nibble him, is defending himself; shooting you, as
naturalists do humming-birds, with water. Let him rest in peace;
it will cost you ten minutes' hard work, and much dirt, to extract
him; but if you are fond of shells, secure one or two of those
beautiful pink and straw-coloured scallops (Hinnites pusio, Plate
X. fig. 1), who have gradually incorporated the layers of their
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
worship the same God, like Carriere at Nantes, and see what grace
and gifts he too might obtain at that altar?
But why so cruel? Because, with many of these men, I more than
suspect, there were wrongs to be avenged deeper than any wrongs done
to the sixth sense of vanity. Wrongs common to them, and to a great
portion of the respectable middle class, and much of the lower
class: but wrongs to which they and their families, being most in
contact with the noblesse, would be especially exposed; namely,
wrongs to women.
Everyone who knows the literature of that time, must know what I
mean: what had gone on for more than a century, it may be more than