|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Iron Puddler by James J. Davis:
This, then is the introduction to my views and to my policies.
They are now to have a fair trial, like that other iron worker in
the Elwood police court. I know what the word "previous" means. I
can give an account of myself. So, in the following pages I will
tell "where I was before I came here."
If my style seems rather flippant, it is because I have been
trained as an extemporaneous speaker and not as a writer. For
fifteen years I traveled over the country lecturing on the
Mooseheart School. My task was to interest men in the abstract
problems of child education. A speaker must entertain his hearers
to the end or lose their attention. And so I taxed my wit to make
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
I'm not going to stand it. For years I've been a bother to her, she says; so
she's going to get rid of me. Well, there's an easier way than to become a
statue. No boy could have any fun forever standing in the middle of a flower
garden! I'll run away, that's what I'll do -- and I may as well go before
she makes me drink that nasty stuff in the kettle." He waited until the
snores of the old witch announced she was fast asleep, and then he arose
softly and went to the cupboard to find something to eat.
"No use starting on a journey without food," he decided, searching upon the
He found some crusts of bread; but he had to look into Mombi's basket to
The Marvelous Land of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner:
instinctive antagonism of the human child-bearer to reckless destruction of
that which she has at so much cost produced, will be necessary to educate
the race to any clear conception of the bestiality and insanity of war.
War will pass when intellectual culture and activity have made possible to
the female an equal share in the control and governance of modern national
life; it will probably not pass away much sooner; its extinction will not
be delayed much longer.
It is especially in the domain of war that we, the bearers of men's bodies,
who supply its most valuable munition, who, not amid the clamour and ardour
of battle, but singly, and alone, with a three-in-the-morning courage, shed
our blood and face death that the battlefield may have its food, a food