|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
was doubly vexed. Indeed, I felt dual more than ever. The steward
reappeared suddenly in the doorway. I jumped up from the couch so
quickly that he gave a start.
"What do you want here?"
"Close your port, sir - they are washing decks."
"It is closed," I said, reddening.
"Very well, sir." But he did not move from the doorway and
returned my stare in an extraordinary, equivocal manner for a time.
Then his eyes wavered, all his expression changed, and in a voice
unusually gentle, almost coaxingly:
"May I come in to take the empty cup away, sir?"
'Twixt Land & Sea
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
and followed this declaration by locking all the doors and
beckoning him to the center of the room.
"Is that tough neck of yours aching again, Reddy?" inquired his
"It is that, me bye. There's the very divil to pay," he
"Cough it out, Mike."
"That tyrant Megales is onto our game. Somebody's leaked, or else
he has a spy in our councils--as we have in his, the ould
"I see. Your spy has told you that his spy has reported to him--"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
neither my inquiries nor their results have any special relation
to Crashaw. But my investigations have had a strange issue. I
have found out who Mrs. Beaumont is!"
"Who is she? In what way do you mean?"
"I mean that you and I know her better under another
"What name is that?"
"Herbert!" Austin repeated the word, dazed with
"Yes, Mrs. Herbert of Paul Street, Helen Vaughan of
The Great God Pan