|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
saying that few cow-punchers had any reason for saving their money.
"But when you get old?" said she.
"We mostly don't live long enough to get old, ma'am," said he, simply.
"But I have a reason, and I am saving."
"Give me the flowers," said Molly. And she left him to arrange them on
the table as Lin came hurrying out.
"I've told her," said he to the Southerner and me, "that I've asked her
twiced, and I'm going to let her have one more chance. And I've told her
that if it's a log cabin she's marryin', why Tommy is a sure good wooden
piece of furniture to put inside it. And I guess she knows there's not
much wooden furniture about me. I want to speak to you." He took the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Collection of Antiquities by Honore de Balzac:
Herouville, Duc d'
The Hated Son
Lenoncourt, Duc de
The Lily of the Valley
The Old Maid
The Gondreville Mystery
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson:
saw Mr. Shuan in the doorway, crossing blades with Alan.
"That's him that killed the boy!" I cried.
"Look to your window!" said Alan; and as I turned back to my
place, I saw him pass his sword through the mate's body.
It was none too soon for me to look to my own part; for my head
was scarce back at the window, before five men, carrying a spare
yard for a battering-ram, ran past me and took post to drive the
door in. I had never fired with a pistol in my life, and not
often with a gun; far less against a fellow-creature. But it was
now or never; and just as they swang the yard, I cried out: "Take
that!" and shot into their midst.