|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
the steep, narrow comb between the Gross-Venediger and his
neighbour the Klein-Venediger. At last we have reached our
journey's end. See, the whole of the Tyrol is spread out before us
in wondrous splendour, as we stand on this snowy ridge; and at our
feet the Schlatten glacier, like a long, white snake, curls down
into the valley.
There is still a little peak above us; an overhanging horn of snow
which the wind has built against the mountain-top. I would like to
stand there, just for a moment. The guide protests it would be
dangerous, for if the snow should break it would be a fall of a
thousand feet to the glacier on the northern side. But let us dare
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Margret Howth: A Story of To-day by Rebecca Harding Davis:
"Back? I saw him to-day, following me in the mill. His hair is
gray? I think it was he."
"No doubt. Yes, he's aged fast, down in the lock-up; goin' fast
to the end. Feeble, pore-like. It's a bad life, Joe Yare's; I
wish 'n' 't would be better to the end"----
He stopped with a wistful look at Holmes, who stood outwardly
attentive, but with little thought to waste on Joe Yare. The old
coal-digger drummed on the fire-plug uneasily.
"Myself, 't was for Lois's sake I thowt on it. To speak
plain,--yoh'll mind that Stokes affair, th' note Yare forged?
Yes? Ther' 's none knows o' that but yoh an' me. He's safe,
Margret Howth: A Story of To-day
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy:
"Oh do you?" said Sue, with a certain sickness of heart.
"Though I think you must be mistaken! How long ago was it?"
"About a month or two. A handsome, full-figured woman.
They had this room."
When Jude came back and sat down to supper Sue seemed moping and miserable.
"Jude," she said to him plaintively, at their parting that night upon
the landing, "it is not so nice and pleasant as it used to be with us!
I don't like it here--I can't bear the place! And I don't
like you so well as I did!"
"How fidgeted you seem, dear! Why do you change like this?"
Jude the Obscure