|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
for the tide turned even before she was properly moored.
"Davidson had something to eat, and then, coming on deck for a last
look round, noticed that the light was still burning in the house.
"This was very unusual, but since they were awake so late, Davidson
thought that he would go up to say that he was in a hurry to be off
and to ask that what rattans there were in store should be sent on
board with the first sign of dawn.
"He stepped carefully over the shaky planks, not being anxious to
get a sprained ankle, and picked his way across the waste ground to
the foot of the house ladder. The house was but a glorified hut on
piles, unfenced and lonely.
Within the Tides
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The People That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
my feet, stone dead. I found that my second bullet had torn
its heart almost completely away, and yet it had lived to
charge ferociously upon me, and but for my third shot would
doubtless have slain me before it finally expired--or as Bowen
Tyler so quaintly puts it, before it knew that it was dead.
With the panther quite evidently conscious of the fact that
dissolution had overtaken it, I turned toward the girl, who was
regarding me with evident admiration and not a little awe,
though I must admit that my rifle claimed quite as much of her
attention as did I. She was quite the most wonderful animal
that I have ever looked upon, and what few of her charms her
The People That Time Forgot
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
"You in the North!" she repeated. "And so your Northern eyes can't see
it, after all!" At these words my intelligence sailed into a great blank,
while she continued: "Frankly--and forgive me for saying it--I was hoping
that you were one Northerner who would see it."
"But see what?" I barked in my despair.
She did not help me. "If I had been a man, nothing could have insulted me
more than that. And that's what you don't see," she regretfully finished.
"It seems so strange."
I sat in the midst of my great blank, while her handsome eyes rested upon
me. In them was that look of a certain inquiry and a certain remoteness
with which one pauses, in a museum, before some specimen of the