|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Have you the envelope?" he asked.
"I burned it," replied Jekyll, "before I thought what I was
about. But it bore no postmark. The note was handed in."
"Shall I keep this and sleep upon it?" asked Utterson.
"I wish you to judge for me entirely," was the reply. "I have
lost confidence in myself."
"Well, I shall consider," returned the lawyer. "And now one
word more: it was Hyde who dictated the terms in your will about
The doctor seemed seized with a qualm of faintness; he shut
his mouth tight and nodded.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
and he can be terrible - terrible. But" - she looked directly into
my eyes as I stood below her on the stairs - "the time may come
- soon - when I can help you. I'm afraid I shall not want to; I'm
a dreadful coward, Mr. Blakeley. But - I will." She tried to smile.
"I wish you would let me help you," I said unsteadily. "Let us make
it a bargain: each help the other!"
The girl shook her head with a sad little smile. "I am only as
unhappy as I deserve to be," she said. And when I protested and
took a step toward her she retreated, with her hands out before her.
"Why don't you ask me all the questions you are thinking?" she
demanded, with a catch in her voice. "Oh, I know them. Or are you
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber:
"Men are like that, you know. So I'd say then: `Run along,
you old goose! You'll be suggesting sauerkraut and wieners next.
Don't you let Millie have any marmalade to-night. She's got a
"And then he'd pound off down the hall to wash up, and I'd
shut my eyes, and smile to myself, and everything would be all
right, because he was home."
There was a long silence. Effie's eyes were closed. But two
great tears stole out from beneath each lid and coursed their slow
way down her thin cheeks. She did not raise her hand to wipe them
Buttered Side Down