|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
to myself what might portentously be; I wondered if his bed were
also empty and he too were secretly at watch. It was a deep,
soundless minute, at the end of which my impulse failed.
He was quiet; he might be innocent; the risk was hideous;
I turned away. There was a figure in the grounds--a figure
prowling for a sight, the visitor with whom Flora was engaged;
but it was not the visitor most concerned with my boy.
I hesitated afresh, but on other grounds and only for a few seconds;
then I had made my choice. There were empty rooms at Bly,
and it was only a question of choosing the right one.
The right one suddenly presented itself to me as the lower one--
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
"Yes. I've been in the water practically since nine o'clock.
The question for me now is whether I am to let go this ladder
and go on swimming till I sink from exhaustion, or--to come
on board here."
I felt this was no mere formula of desperate speech,
but a real alternative in the view of a strong soul.
I should have gathered from this that he was young; indeed, it is
only the young who are ever confronted by such clear issues.
But at the time it was pure intuition on my part.
A mysterious communication was established already between
us two--in the face of that silent, darkened tropical sea.
The Secret Sharer
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
compelled to listen to the summary, you will only get for answer
that 'he lo'es her a' the better.'"
I was not sorry to have changed the gloomy train of Aunt
Margaret's thoughts, and replied in the same tone, "Well, I can't
help being persuaded that our good King is the more sure of Mrs.
Bothwell's loyal affection, that he has the Stewart right of
birth as well as the Act of Succession in his favour."
"Perhaps my attachment, were its source of consequence, might be
found warmer for the union of the rights you mention," said Aunt
Margaret; "but, upon my word, it would be as sincere if the
King's right were founded only on the will of the nation, as