|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
was a man averse from amorous adventures. He looked east and
west; but the houses that looked down upon this interview
remained inexorably shut; and he saw himself, though in the
full glare of the day's eye, cut off from any human
intervention. His looks returned at last upon the suppliant.
He remarked with irritation that she was charming both in
face and figure, elegantly dressed and gloved; a lady
undeniable; the picture of distress and innocence; weeping
and lost in the city of diurnal sleep.
'Madam,' he said, 'I protest you have no cause to fear
intrusion; and if I have appeared to follow you, the fault is
|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:
"In the first place," I began, "do you remember the day the
Washington Flier was wrecked below here?"
"Do I!" he said. "Did Jonah remember the whale?"
"Were you on the platform here when the first section passed?"
"Do you recall seeing a man hanging to the platform of the last car?"
"There was no one hanging there when she passed here," he said with
conviction. "I watched her out of sight."
"Did you see anything that morning of a man about my size, carrying
a small grip, and wearing dark clothes and a derby hat?" I asked
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
Andre-Louis firmly shook his head in answer to Le Chapelier's
"You refuse?" the other cried. "Are you mad? Refuse, when you are
demanded from so many sides? Do you realize that it is more than
probable you will be elected one of the deputies, that you will be
sent to the States General at Versailles to represent us in this
work of saving France?"
But Andre-Louis, we know, was not concerned to save France. At the
moment he was concerned to save two women, both of whom he loved,
though in vastly different ways, from a man he had vowed to ruin.
He stood firm in his refusal until Le Chapelier dejectedly abandoned