|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
extinguished the light, I remembered something I had left in
the billiard-room, and I felt my way back there through the
"Will you tell me what it was you had forgotten?"
"I can not tell you," she said slowly. "I--I did not leave the
billiard-room at once--"
"Why?" The detective's tone was imperative. "This is very
important, Miss Innes."
"I was crying," Gertrude said in a low tone. "When the French
clock in the drawing-room struck three, I got up, and then--I
heard a step on the east porch, just outside the card-room. Some
The Circular Staircase
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot:
You ought to be ashamed, I said, to look so antique.
(And her only thirty-one.)
I can't help it, she said, pulling a long face,
It's them pills I took, to bring it off, she said.
(She's had five already, and nearly died of young George.) 160
The chemist said it would be alright, but I've never been the same.
You ARE a proper fool, I said.
Well, if Albert won't leave you alone, there it is, I said,
What you get married for if you don't want children?
HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME
Well, that Sunday Albert was home, they had a hot gammon,
The Waste Land
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
to carry out its provisions; the Madagascarene Philosopher took his
seat in the Temple of Immortality, and Peace spread her white wings
over the two nations, to the unspeakable defiling of her plumage.
The Nightside of Character
A GIFTED and Honourable Editor, who by practice of his profession
had acquired wealth and distinction, applied to an Old Friend for
the hand of his daughter in marriage.
"With all my heart, and God bless you!" said the Old Friend,
grasping him by both hands. "It is a greater honour than I had
dared to hope for."
"I knew what your answer would be," replied the Gifted and