|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Dust by Mr. And Mrs. Haldeman-Julius:
"Then you're crying about something. What is it?" There was
command in his question. Martin was losing patience. He knew
tears were used as weapons by women, but why in the world should
Rose need any sort of weapon on the first day of their marriage?
He hadn't done anything to her, said anything unkind. Was she
going to be unreasonable? Now he was sure it was all wrong.
"What's the matter?" he demanded, his voice rising.
"Nothing's the matter. I'm just a little nervous." Rose began to
cry afresh. If only Martin had come to her and put his arms
around her, she would have been able to throw off her newly-born
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
straightway set off with his Staff on a tour of inspection, and
thereby takes himself out of this history. I sometimes think that
if he had stayed--but there has never been the lightest
recrimination between us about it, and I am not going to hint one
'Did you read,' asked Dacres, 'what he and the Court poet wrote over
the entrance gate to the big mosque at Fattehpur-Sikri? It's rather
nice. "The world is a looking-glass, wherein the image has come and
is gone--take as thine own nothing more than what thou lookest
My daughter's thoughtful gaze was, of course, fixed upon the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
with one arm flung about her plump shoulder, they revealed to her
the picture of their girl in the back flap of their billfold.
Flora, with a firm grip on Chippewa society, as represented by
the East End set, did not find her position enhanced by a sister
in the millinery business in Elm Street.
"Of course it's wonderful that she's self-supporting and
successful and all," she told her husband. "But it's not so
pleasant for Adele, now that she's growing up, having all the
girls she knows buying their hats of her aunt. Not that I--but
you know how it is."
H. Charnsworth Baldwin said yes, he knew.