|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane:
"Maggie's gone teh deh devil! Are yehs deaf?" roared Jimmie,
"Deh hell she has," murmured the mother, astounded.
Jimmie grunted, and then began to stare out at the window.
His mother sat down in a chair, but a moment later sprang erect and
delivered a maddened whirl of oaths. Her son turned to look at her
as she reeled and swayed in the middle of the room, her fierce face
convulsed with passion, her blotched arms raised high in imprecation.
"May Gawd curse her forever," she shrieked. "May she eat
nothin' but stones and deh dirt in deh street. May she sleep in
deh gutter an' never see deh sun shine agin. Deh damn--"
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:
But she checked this impulse - another was stronger. She pocketed
the money - the crudity of the alternative was comical - and swept
out of the room with the desperate concession: "You may tell him
any horror you like!"
A couple of days after this, during which he had failed to profit
by so free a permission, he had been for a quarter of an hour
walking with his charge in silence when the boy became sociable
again with the remark: "I'll tell you how I know it; I know it
"Zenobie? Who in the world is SHE?"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
buried treasure in the Mackay country, and Alan Breck can
figure there in glory.
Yesterday, J. and I set off to Blacklock's (American Consul)
who lives not far from that little village I have so often
mentioned as lying between us and Apia. I had some questions
to ask him for my History; thence we must proceed to Vailele,
where I had also to cross-examine the plantation manager
about the battle there. We went by a track I had never
before followed down the hill to Vaisigano, which flows here
in a deep valley, and was unusually full, so that the horses
trembled in the ford. The whole bottom of the valley is full