|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Adventure by Jack London:
As it was, he nearly told her that she was a most adorable boy.
But he checked all such wayward fancies, and held himself rigidly
down to his disquisition.
"You can't help being yourself. You can't help being a very
desirable creature so far as I am concerned. You have made me want
you. You didn't intend to; you didn't try to. You were so made,
that is all. And I was so made that I was ripe to want you. But I
can't help being myself. I can't by an effort of will cease from
wanting you, any more than you by an effort of will can make
yourself undesirable to me."
"Oh, this desire! this want! want! want!" she broke in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
Countess Olenska--yes, I think that's all. . . ."
Mrs. Welland surveyed her son-in-law affectionately.
"No one can say, Newland, that you and May are not
giving Ellen a handsome send-off."
"Ah, well," said Mrs. Archer, "I understand May's
wanting her cousin to tell people abroad that we're not
"I'm sure Ellen will appreciate it. She was to arrive
this morning, I believe. It will make a most charming
last impression. The evening before sailing is usually so
dreary," Mrs. Welland cheerfully continued.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Jungle by Upton Sinclair:
disillusionment, Jurgis had sworn to trust no man, except in his own
family; but here he discovered that he had brothers in affliction,
and allies. Their one chance for life was in union, and so the struggle
became a kind of crusade. Jurgis had always been a member of the church,
because it was the right thing to be, but the church had never touched
him, he left all that for the women. Here, however, was a new religion--
one that did touch him, that took hold of every fiber of him; and with all
the zeal and fury of a convert he went out as a missionary. There were
many nonunion men among the Lithuanians, and with these he would labor
and wrestle in prayer, trying to show them the right. Sometimes they
would be obstinate and refuse to see it, and Jurgis, alas, was not always