|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Nana, Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille by Emile Zola:
Then without waiting for her reply she turned to Estelle:
"And this little one, has she had a nap too? Give me a kiss, my
They had taken their seats in the vast dining room, the windows of
which looked out on the park. But they only occupied one end of the
long table, where they sat somewhat crowded together for company's
sake. Sabine, in high good spirits, dwelt on various childish
memories which had been stirred up within her--memories of months
passed at Les Fondettes, of long walks, of a tumble into one of the
tanks on a summer evening, of an old romance of chivalry discovered
by her on the top of a cupboard and read during the winter before
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
And I could let the cities go,
Their changing customs and their creeds, --
But oh, the summer rains that blow
In silver on the jewel-weeds!
Waves are the sea's white daughters,
And raindrops the children of rain,
But why for my shimmering body
Have I a mother like Pain?
Night is the mother of stars,
And wind the mother of foam --
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
disciplined Monte, who flattened his ears affectedly and snorted.
"Why, you surely ain' thinkin' of you'-self as a hero? She wasn't
really a-drowndin', you pie-biter." He rested his serious glance
upon the alkali. "She's not likely to have forgot that mix-up,
though. I guess I'll not remind her about grippin' me, and all
that. She wasn't the kind a man ought to josh about such things.
She had a right clear eye." Thus, tall and loose in the saddle,
did he jog along the sixty miles which still lay between him and
X. WHERE FANCY WAS BRED
Two camps in the open, and the Virginian's Monte horse, untired,