|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
fine-looking; yes, very handsome. She believed that she would
grow to like the Southern accent. Oh, yes! Everybody did their
best; and, dear reader, if ever it has been your earthly portion
to live with a number of people who were all doing their best,
you do not need me to tell you what a heavenly atmosphere this
And then the bride and groom went to see the old great-aunt over
Their first arrival, the one at Bennington, had been thus: Sam
Bell had met them at the train, and Mrs. Wood, waiting in her
parlor, had embraced her daughter and received her son-in-law.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
You must not weep: do we not love each other? -
That is enough. Death, what do you here?
You were not bidden to this table, sir;
Away, we have no need of you: I tell you
It was in wine I pledged you, not in poison.
They lied who told you that I drank your poison.
It was spilt upon the ground, like my Lord's blood;
You came too late.
Sweet, there is nothing there:
These things are only unreal shadows.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:
made me hesitate."
For a moment she said nothing, and then--
"You are more timid than you used to be!" she answered.
He could hardly have said what expression he had expected to find in her face;
his apprehension had, perhaps, not painted her obtrusively pale and haughty,
aggressively cold and stern; but it had figured something different from the
look he encountered. Miss Vivian was simply blushing--that was what Bernard
mainly perceived; he saw that her surprise had been extreme--complete.
Her blush was re-assuring; it contradicted the idea of impatient resentment,
and Bernard took some satisfaction in noting that it was prolonged.
"Yes, I am more timid than I used to be," he said.