|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic:
said Theron. "Now, those people in the hall--"
"Go on," put in the doctor, as the other faltered hesitatingly.
"I know what you were going to say. It struck you
as odd that he should let them wait on the bench there,
while he came up here to smoke."
Theron smiled faintly. "I WAS thinking that my--
my parishioners wouldn't have taken it so quietly.
But of course--it is all so different!"
"As chalk from cheese!" said Dr. Ledsmar, lighting a
fresh cigar. "I daresay every one you saw there had come
either to take the pledge, or see to it that one of the
The Damnation of Theron Ware
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
names I have forgot." "Gebbie was the name," said I; "and there is no
doubt that Mr. Gebbie should have gone ashore with her at Helvoet. But
he did not, Mr. Drummond; and I think you might praise God that I was
there to offer in his place."
"I shall have a word to say to Mr. Gebbie before long," said he. "As
for yourself, I think it might have occurred that you were somewhat
young for such a post."
"But the choice was not between me and somebody else, it was between me
and nobody," cried I. "Nobody offered in my place, and I must say I
think you show a very small degree of gratitude to me that did."
"I shall wait until I understand my obligation a little more in the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett:
swayed together and let sunshine through here and there like a
single golden leaf that flickered down, vanishing in the cool
The grove was so large that the great family looked far
smaller than it had in the open field; there was a thick growth of
dark pines and firs with an occasional maple or oak that gave a
gleam of color like a bright window in the great roof. On three
sides we could see the water, shining behind the tree-trunks, and
feel the cool salt breeze that began to come up with the tide just
as the day reached its highest point of heat. We could see the
green sunlit field we had just crossed as if we looked out at it