|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
to you that you are a man of one idea?"
"This is the Coast Limited. It doesn't stop for anybody--not even
for the president of the road."
"You don't say! Well, I ce'tainly appreciate the honor you did me
in stopping to take me on." His slight drawl was quite devoid of
"But you had no right to flag the train. Can't you understand
ANYTHING?" groaned the conductor.
"You explain it again to me, sonny. I'm surely thick in the
haid," soothed the intruder, and listened with bland good-humor
to the official's flow of protest.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne:
This was Fix, one of the detectives who had been dispatched from England
in search of the bank robber; it was his task to narrowly watch every
passenger who arrived at Suez, and to follow up all who seemed to
be suspicious characters, or bore a resemblance to the description
of the criminal, which he had received two days before from the
police headquarters at London. The detective was evidently inspired
by the hope of obtaining the splendid reward which would be the prize
of success, and awaited with a feverish impatience, easy to understand,
the arrival of the steamer Mongolia.
"So you say, consul," asked he for the twentieth time, "that this steamer
is never behind time?"
Around the World in 80 Days
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
in which he was interested. There was a pile of newspaper
in which his name was mentioned with praise for his sustaining
a pillar of finance, for his judicious benevolence, for his
wise and prudent reform movements, for his discretion in making
public gifts--"the Weightman Charities," one very complaisant