|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
"If I stole Flushingers' wines, I never stole negurs' souls, Jack
Hawkins; so there's your answer. My lord, hang me if you will;
life's short and death's easy 'specially to seamen; but if I didn't
see the Spanish fleet last sun-down, coming along half-moon wise,
and full seven mile from wing to wing, within a four mile of me,
I'm a sinner."
"Sirrah," said Lord Howard, "is this no fetch, to cheat us out of
your pardon for these piracies of yours?"
"You'll find out for yourself before nightfall, my lord high
admiral. All Jack Fleming says is, that this is a poor sort of an
answer to a man who has put his own neck into the halter for the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne:
should not refuse him, begg'd I would grant him the day, POUR FAIRE
LE GALANT VIS-E-VIS DE SA MAITRESSE.
Now it was the very thing I intended to do myself vis-e-vis Madame
de R-. - I had retained the remise on purpose for it, and it would
not have mortified my vanity to have had a servant so well dress'd
as La Fleur was, to have got up behind it: I never could have worse
But we must FEEL, not argue in these embarrassments. - The sons and
daughters of Service part with liberty, but not with nature, in
their contracts; they are flesh and blood, and have their little
vanities and wishes in the midst of the house of bondage, as well
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:
colonel met your lieutenant right by us--it was
damnedest thing I ever heard--an' he ses: 'Ahem!
ahem!' he ses. 'Mr. Hasbrouck!' he ses, 'by
th' way, who was that lad what carried th' flag?'
he ses. There, Flemin', what d' yeh think 'a
that? 'Who was th' lad what carried th' flag?'
he ses, an' th' lieutenant, he speaks up right
away: 'That's Flemin', an' he's a jimhickey,' he
ses, right away. What? I say he did. 'A jim-
hickey,' he ses--those 'r his words. He did, too.
I say he did. If you kin tell this story better
The Red Badge of Courage