|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
circumstance was often pointed out to me by the class of friends
who are anxious that no part of your misfortunes should escape
your observation. "Such pasture-ground!--lying at the very
town's end--in turnips and potatoes, the parks would bring L20
per acre; and if leased for building--oh, it was a gold mine!
And all sold for an old song out of the ancient possessor's
hands!" My comforters cannot bring me to repine much on this
subject. If I could be allowed to look back on the past without
interruption, I could willingly give up the enjoyment of present
income and the hope of future profit to those who have purchased
what my father sold. I regret the alteration of the ground only
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
little drama, by dint of drawing largely on Dumas in the first
place, and their own imagination in the second. There were one
or two strong situations, relieved by some quite creditable light
comedy, and all the 'curtains' were good. The village hall,
complete with alleged stage, was engaged, and half the county
were blackmailed into taking tickets. There were only twelve
characters, of which we accounted for five, and it was arranged
that we should all twelve foregather four days beforehand, to
rehearse properly. The other seven artists were to stay with us
at White Ladies for the rehearsals and performance, and generally
till the affair had blown over.
The Brother of Daphne
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad:
Now and then, like a sable streamer blown across a road, the words
"The drop given was fourteen feet" got in the way of her tense
stare. Through her black veil the whites of her big eyes gleamed
lustrously like the eyes of a masked woman.
Ossipon's rigidity had something business-like, a queer official
expression. He was heard again all of a sudden, as though he had
released a catch in order to speak.
"Look here! Do you know whether your - whether he kept his account
at the bank in his own name or in some other name."
Mrs Verloc turned upon him her masked face and the big white gleam
of her eyes.
The Secret Agent