|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
princely size and tasteful decoration. Although the day
without was warm, genial, and sunny, with a ruffling wind
from the quarter of Torquay, a chill, as it were, of
suspended animation inhabited the house. Dust and shadows
met the eye; and but for the ominous procession of the
echoes, and the rumour of the wind among the garden trees,
the ear of the young man was stretched in vain.
Behind the dining-room, that pleasant library, referred to by
the old lady in her tale, looked upon the flat roofs and
netted cupolas of the kitchen quarters; and on a second
visit, this room appeared to greet him with a smiling
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
There could be no doubt about it; but she addressed him
"As I was saying to you, Don Juan, I have the greatest difficulty
in getting myself, I won't say understood, but simply believed."
No pose of detachment could avail against the warm waves of that
voice. He had to hear. After a moment he altered his position as
it were reluctantly, to answer her.
"That's a difficulty that women generally have."
"Yet I have always spoken the truth."
"All women speak the truth," said Blunt imperturbably. And this
The Arrow of Gold
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson:
was fit for anything, to throw upon the fire. Pleased as he was
with what he found, he still incessantly grumbled at his ill-
'Aros,' he said, 'is no a place for wrecks ava' - no ava'. A' the
years I've dwalt here, this ane maks the second; and the best o'
the gear clean tint!'
'Uncle,' said I, for we were now on a stretch of open sand, where
there was nothing to divert his mind, 'I saw you last night, as I
never thought to see you - you were drunk.'
'Na, na,' he said, 'no as bad as that. I had been drinking,
though. And to tell ye the God's truth, it's a thing I cannae