|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
they were poorly supplied with money, though Duane observed
they could borrow a peso occasionally from the bartender. Duane
set out to make himself agreeable and succeeded. There was
card-playing for small stakes, idle jests of coarse nature,
much bantering among the younger fellows, and occasionally a
mild quarrel. All morning men came and went, until, all told,
Duane calculated he had seen at least fifty. Toward the middle
of the afternoon a young fellow burst into the saloon and
yelled one word:
From the scramble to get outdoors Duane judged that word and
The Lone Star Ranger
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
"It's the only part we can repair."
"Good heavens! If there were any reparation--" He rose quickly
and crossed the space that divided them. "Why did you never
speak?" he asked.
"Haven't you answered that yourself?"
"Just now--when you told me you did it for me." She paused a
moment and then went on with a deepening note--"I would have
spoken if I could have helped you."
"But you must have despised me."
"I've told you that would have been simpler."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Troll Garden and Selected Stories by Willa Cather:
felt a spiteful hate against Flavia, as though she had tricked
them, and a certain contempt for themselves that they had been
beguiled. She was reminded of the fury of the crowd in the fairy
tale, when once the child had called out that the king was in his
night clothes. Surely these people knew no more about Flavia
than they had known before, but the mere fact that the
thing had been said altered the situation. Flavia, meanwhile,
sat chattering amiably, pathetically unconscious of her nakedness.
Hamilton lounged, fingering the stem of his wineglass,
gazing down the table at one face after another and studying the
various degrees of self-consciousness they exhibited. Imogen's
The Troll Garden and Selected Stories