|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
before a pearl.
"You beast," I said, "this is half your doing. And the other half is
the fault of this cursed country. I'd better have gone back to
Sleepy-town and died in a wild orgy of currant wine and buns than to
have had this happen."
Stamford filled the empty street with his roaring laughter.
"You too!" he cried. "And all as quick as the popping of a cork.
Well, she does seem to strike agreeably upon the retina. But don't
burn your fingers. All Mojada will tell you that Louis Devoe is the
"We will see about that," said I. "And, perhaps, whether he is a man
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
and no persons in the Land of Oz are permitted to work
magic except Glinda the Good and the little Wizard who
lives with Ozma in the Emerald City."
"That for your Ozma!" exclaimed the Giantess,
snapping her fingers in derision. "What do I care for a
girl whom I have never seen and who has never seen me?"
"But Ozma is a fairy," said the Tin Woodman, and
therefore she is very powerful. Also, we are under
Ozma's protection, and to injure us in any way would
make her extremely angry."
"What I do here, in my own private castle in this
The Tin Woodman of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
till you hunted up a job and could buy him back." He hooked his
right thumb inside his waistcoat pocket. "But I'm not cryin' for
him," he repeated. "He'd stay right here, of course. I wouldn't
part with him. Why does he stand that way? Hello!" Balaam
suddenly straightened himself, like a man who has made a
"Hello, what?" said Shorty, on the defensive.
Balaam was staring at Pedro with a judicial frown. Then he stuck
out a finger at the horse, keeping the thumb hooked in his
pocket. So meagre a gesture was felt by the ruffled Shorty to be
no just way to point at Pedro. "What's the matter with that