|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Dust by Mr. And Mrs. Haldeman-Julius:
happy, he was jerked back to some mean, dirty job by the stern,
driving demands of his tireless father.
Without regard to the fact that harness is heavy, and a horse's
back high, Martin would order him to hitch up. He was perfectly
aware that it was too much for the child, but lack of affection,
and a vague, extenuating belief that especially trying jobs
developed one, made him merciless. The boy frequently boiled with
rage, but he was so weaponless, so completely in his father's
power--there was no escape from this tyranny. He knew he could
not live without him; even his mother could not do that. His
mother! What a sense of rest would come over him when he sat in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the night. I was surprised to find how easy and pleasant it had
been, even in this tempestuous weather. The stone which annoyed me
would not have been there, had I not been forced to camp blindfold
in the opaque night; and I had felt no other inconvenience, except
when my feet encountered the lantern or the second volume of
Peyrat's PASTORS OF THE DESERT among the mixed contents of my
sleeping-bag; nay, more, I had felt not a touch of cold, and
awakened with unusually lightsome and clear sensations.
With that, I shook myself, got once more into my boots and gaiters,
and, breaking up the rest of the bread for Modestine, strolled
about to see in what part of the world I had awakened. Ulysses,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
kraut. No grapes on the creek, no nothing.
The people all lived just like coyotes."
Oscar got up and tramped out of the kitchen.
Lou followed him. They felt that Alexandra
had taken an unfair advantage in turning their
mother loose on them. The next morning they
were silent and reserved. They did not offer
to take the women to church, but went down
to the barn immediately after breakfast and
stayed there all day. When Carl Linstrum came