|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis:
what you call um, eh? Well, sir, I'm glad to know that."
Later he informed his salesmen, "It's funnier 'n a goat the way some folks
that, just because they happen to lay up a big wad, go entertaining famous
foreigners, don't have any more idea 'n a rabbit how to address 'em so's to
make 'em feel at home!"
That evening, as he was driving home, he passed McKelvey's limousine and saw
Sir Gerald, a large, ruddy, pop-eyed, Teutonic Englishman whose dribble of
yellow mustache gave him an aspect sad and doubtful. Babbitt drove on slowly,
oppressed by futility. He had a sudden, unexplained, and horrible conviction
that the McKelveys were laughing at him.
He betrayed his depression by the violence with which he informed his wife,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
"It's all right now--it's all right. Gee I but
we've traveled some in a week, haven't we?"
"I've known you more than a week," she protested
"Sure--I've known you since I was born."
They walked through the stately rows of elms on the
Mall in joyous silence. Crowds of children and
nurses, lovers and loungers, filled the seats and
thronged the broad promenade.
Scarcely a word was spoken until they reached the
rustic house nestling among the trees on the hill.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
Mrs. Westgate, and that, under the pretext of meeting for the purpose
of animated discussion, they were indulging in practices that imparted
a shade of hypocrisy to the lady's regret for her husband's absence.
"I assure you we are always discussing and differing,"
said Percy Beaumont. "She is awfully argumentative.
American ladies certainly don't mind contradicting you.
Upon my word I don't think I was ever treated so by a woman before.
She's so devilish positive."
Mrs. Westgate's positive quality, however, evidently had
its attractions, for Beaumont was constantly at his hostess's side.
He detached himself one day to the extent of going to New