|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
traditions of Europe and the civilization of the Old World. The
inhabitants of the South, then, are induced to support the Union
in order to avail themselves of its protection against the
blacks; and the inhabitants of the West in order not to be
excluded from a free communication with the rest of the globe,
and shut up in the wilds of central America. The North cannot
but desire the maintenance of the Union, in order to remain, as
it now is, the connecting link between that vast body and the
other parts of the world.
The temporal interests of all the several parts of the Union
are, then, intimately connected; and the same assertion holds
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Troll Garden and Selected Stories by Willa Cather:
Vestibule Limited would have overtaken her. The week she
tarried there was the week that Eric Hermannson was helping Jerry
Lockhart thresh; a week earlier or a week later, and there would
have been no story to write.
It was on Thursday and they were to leave on Saturday. Wyllis
and his sister were sitting on the wide piazza of the ranchhouse,
staring out into the afternoon sunlight and protesting against the
gusts of hot wind that blew up from the sandy riverbottom twenty
miles to the southward.
The young man pulled his cap lower over his eyes and remarked:
"This wind is the real thing; you don't strike it anywhere
The Troll Garden and Selected Stories
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:
"No, my old crony," he said; "don't worry yourself. They will sup at
Plessis, and you and I alone will make the investigation. I am so good
in detecting criminals, that I will wager you ten thousand crowns I
shall do so now."
"Find him, sire, and make no wager."
They went at once into the strong room, where the Fleming kept his
treasure. There Louis, who asked to see, in the first place, the
casket from which the jewels of the Duke of Burgundy had been taken,
then the chimney down which the robber was supposed to have descended,
easily convinced his silversmith of the falsity of the latter