|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
been churl enough to show a spark of temper--and that, too, after
she had repeatedly expressed her gratitude to him.
"I am deeply sorry, Lady Agatha," he began, blushing painfully,
"Silly!" She interrupted him by reaching across the table and
laying a forgiving hand upon his arm. "Don't be so stiff and
formal. Eat your egg before it gets cold and don't say another
work. Of course I know you're not REALLY going to be cross."
And she attacked her breakfast, giving him such a look that he
forthwith forgave himself and forgot that he had had anything to
forgive in her.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Awakening & Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin:
her fast, whose chains had been loosening--had snapped the night
before when the mystic spirit was abroad, leaving her free to drift
whithersoever she chose to set her sails. Robert spoke to her
incessantly; he no longer noticed Mariequita. The girl had shrimps
in her bamboo basket. They were covered with Spanish moss. She
beat the moss down impatiently, and muttered to herself sullenly.
"Let us go to Grande Terre to-morrow?" said Robert in a low
"What shall we do there?"
"Climb up the hill to the old fort and look at the little
wriggling gold snakes, and watch the lizards sun themselves."
Awakening & Selected Short Stories
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
to what they tried to make out their companies were like.
They were none of them any good. Eight different
fellows came to me with schemes that haven't reached the
company stage. One had a scheme for getting possession
of a nigger republic in the West Indies by raising
a loan, and then repudiating all the previous loans.
Another wanted me to buy a paper for him, in which he was
to support all my enterprises. Another wanted to start
a bank--I apparently to find the money, and he the brains.
One chap wanted me to finance a theatrical syndicate--he
had a bag full of photographs of an actress all eyes