|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Iron Puddler by James J. Davis:
FATHER TOOK ME SERIOUSLY
There was an interval of nearly five months between the time of
my election, which was in May, and the date of taking office in
September. I decided to use this time to improve my
qualifications for the job. I returned to the old home town of
Sharon and took a course in a business college. Again I walked
the old familiar paths where as a boy I had roamed the woods,
fished the streams, brought the cows along the dusty road from
pasture and blacked the boots of the traveling dudes at the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Nana, Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille by Emile Zola:
of her spelling, while her old friend could turn out the most
feeling epistles. She ran to fetch some good note paper in her
bedroom. An inkstand consisting of a bottle of ink worth about
three sous stood untidily on one of the pieces of furniture, with a
pen deep in rust beside it. The letter was for Daguenet. Mme
Maloir herself wrote in her bold English hand, "My darling little
man," and then she told him not to come tomorrow because "that could
not be" but hastened to add that "she was with him in thought at
every moment of the day, whether she were near or far away."
"And I end with 'a thousand kisses,'" she murmured.
Mme Lerat had shown her approval of each phrase with an emphatic
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
squatty log-cabins, and many flat-board houses clustered around an immense
sawmill. Evidently I had arrived at the noon hour, for the mill was not
running, and many rough men were lounging about smoking pipes. At the door
of the first shack stood a fat, round-faced Negro wearing a long, dirty
"Is Dick Leslie here?" I asked.
"I dunno if Dick's come in yet, but I 'specks him," he replied. "Be you the
young gent Dick's lookin' fer from down East?"
"Come right in, sonny, come right in an' eat. Dick allus eats with me, an'
he has spoke often 'bout you." He led me in, and seated me at a bench where
The Young Forester