|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
grave and prim, formally awaiting the arrival of their visitors.
Captain Servadac, with the uncontrolled vivacity natural to a Frenchman,
was the first to speak.
"A joyful sight, gentlemen!" he exclaimed. "It will give us unbounded
pleasure to shake hands again with some of our fellow-creatures. You,
no doubt, have escaped the same disaster as ourselves."
But the English officers, neither by word nor gesture, made the slightest
acknowledgment of this familiar greeting.
"What news can you give us of France, England, or Russia?" continued Servadac,
perfectly unconscious of the stolid rigidity with which his advances
were received. "We are anxious to hear anything you can tell us.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells:
opaque cone of smoke. And then night and extinction--
nothing but a silent mass of impenetrable vapour hiding its
Before dawn the black vapour was pouring through the
streets of Richmond, and the disintegrating organism of
government was, with a last expiring effort, rousing the
population of London to the necessity of flight.
THE EXODUS FROM LONDON
So you understand the roaring wave of fear that swept
through the greatest city in the world just as Monday was
War of the Worlds
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy:
gave no satisfaction to his desire of being useful, nor could he
awake in himself the consciousness that he was doing "the right
This dissatisfaction was so much increased by the friction with
his very small-minded and vain fellow officials that he left the
Chancellerie and entered the Senate. It was better there, but the
same dissatisfaction still pursued him; he felt it to be very
different from what he had expected, and from what ought to be.
And now that he was in the Senate his relatives obtained for him
the post of Gentleman of the Bedchamber, and he had to go in a
carriage, dressed in an embroidered uniform and a white linen