|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories by Mark Twain:
A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
Riverdale-on-the-Hudson, OCTOBER 15, 1902.
THE HON. THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, WASHINGTON, D. C.:
Sir,--Prices for the customary kinds of winter fuel having reached
an altitude which puts them out of the reach of literary persons in
straitened circumstances, I desire to place with you the following order:
Forty-five tons best old dry government bonds, suitable for furnace,
gold 7 per cents., 1864, preferred.
Twelve tons early greenbacks, range size, suitable for cooking.
Eight barrels seasoned 25 and 50 cent postal currency, vintage of 1866,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Chinese Boy and Girl by Isaac Taylor Headland:
had not seen his son since he got his school name. Finally,
as it began to dawn on him that I was talking of his son, he
"Whom are you talking about?"
"Oh, you mean 'Have a Man.' "
This same man had a little girl called "Apple," not an
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
of knowing--they had made so many of their arrangements with her
aid--exactly where they were; yet she felt quite as if the panorama
had ceased unrolling and the band stopped playing. A stray member
of the latter occasionally turned up, but the communications that
passed before her bore now largely on rooms at hotels, prices of
furnished houses, hours of trains, dates of sailings and
arrangements for being "met"; she found them for the most part
prosaic and coarse. The only thing was that they brought into her
stuffy corner as straight a whiff of Alpine meadows and Scotch
moors as she might hope ever to inhale; there were moreover in
especial fat hot dull ladies who had out with her, to exasperation,