|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Altar of the Dead by Henry James:
"But what's changed - for you?"
She waited in all the sharpness of a trouble that for the first
time since he had known her made her splendidly stern. "How can
you understand now when you didn't understand before?"
"I didn't understand before only because I didn't know. Now that I
know, I see what I've been living with for years," Stransom went on
She looked at him with a larger allowance, doing this gentleness
justice. "How can I then, on this new knowledge of my own, ask you
to continue to live with it?"
"I set up my altar, with its multiplied meanings," Stransom began;
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
And we ARE in the cars about half the time. There was an English
lady we met in the cars--I think her name was Miss Featherstone;
perhaps you know her. She wanted to know why I didn't give
Randolph lessons--give him 'instruction,' she called it.
I guess he could give me more instruction than I could give him.
He's very smart."
"Yes," said Winterbourne; "he seems very smart."
"Mother's going to get a teacher for him as soon as we get to Italy.
Can you get good teachers in Italy?"
"Very good, I should think," said Winterbourne.
"Or else she's going to find some school. He ought to learn
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
and making a grimace at the stove.
"It's settle--or it's go!" The landlady raised her voice; she began to
bawl. "I'm a landlady, I am, and a respectable woman, I'll have you know.
I'll have no lice in my house, sneaking their way into the furniture and
eating up everything. It's cash--or out you go before twelve o'clock to-
Viola felt rather than saw the woman's gesture. She shot out her arm in a
stupid helpless way, as though a dirty pigeon had suddenly flown at her
face. "Filthy old beast! Ugh! And the smell of her--like stale cheese
and damp washing."
"Very well!" she answered shortly; "it's cash down or I leave to-morrow.