|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
messenger from the hotel handed a sealed note to one of the
From the deck of the Halfmoon Skipper Simms witnessed
the transaction, smiling inwardly. Billy Byrne also saw it, but
it meant nothing to him. He had been lolling upon the deck
of the brigantine glaring at the yacht Lotus, hating her and
the gay, well-dressed men and women he could see laughing
and chatting upon her deck. They represented to him the
concentrated essence of all that was pusillanimous, disgusting,
loathsome in that other world that was as far separated from
him as though he had been a grubworm in the manure pile
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
suffer myself to doubt that any one of them would be efficacious.
Nevertheless, I cannot help thinking that if we would put an
improved breed of polliwogs in our drinking water, construct
shallower roadways, groom the street cows, offer the stranger
within our gates a free choice between the poniard and the potion,
and relinquish our private system of morals, the other measures of
public safety would be needless."
The Aged Man was about to speak further, but the meeting informally
adjourned in order to sweep the floor of the temple - for the men
of Gakwak are the tidiest housewives in all that province. The
last speaker was the broom.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
Miles could, very simply. "No. I didn't steal."
My face must have shown him I believed him utterly; yet my hands--
but it was for pure tenderness--shook him as if to ask him why,
if it was all for nothing, he had condemned me to months of torment.
"What then did you do?"
He looked in vague pain all round the top of the room and drew his breath,
two or three times over, as if with difficulty. He might have been standing
at the bottom of the sea and raising his eyes to some faint green twilight.
"Well--I said things."
"They thought it was enough!"