|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Damaged Goods by Upton Sinclair:
"Very good, ma'am," said the nurse, delighted with the idea of so
important a transaction. "Why, it's just as you do when you rent
"Here comes the doctor," said the other. "Come, nurse, it is
"Yes, ma'am," was the answer. But all the same, as she went out
she hesitated and looked sharply first at the doctor, and then at
George and his mother. She suspected that something was wrong,
and she meant to find out if she could.
The doctor seated himself in George's office chair, as if to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
somewhat, and uncovered his brow; his teeth were parted in a smile;
they shone through his black beard, and there was a silent and almost
outrageous gaiety in his half-closed eyelids.
Salammbo looked at him motionless, her head bent and her hands
A dagger was displayed on the table of cypress-wood at the head of the
bed; the sight of the gleaming blade fired her with a sanguinary
desire. Mournful voices lingered at a distance in the shade, and like
a chorus of geniuses urged her on. She approached it; she seized the
steel by the handle. At the rustling of her dress Matho half opened
his eyes, putting forth his mouth upon her hands, and the dagger fell.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde:
LADY STUTFIELD. Oh! . . . yes. I see that. It is very, very
helpful. Do you think, Mrs. Allonby, I shall ever meet the Ideal
Man? Or are there more than one?
MRS. ALLONBY. There are just four in London, Lady Stutfield.
LADY HUNSTANTON. Oh, my dear!
MRS. ALLONBY. [Going over to her.] What has happened? Do tell
LADY HUNSTANTON [in a low voice] I had completely forgotten that
the American young lady has been in the room all the time. I am
afraid some of this clever talk may have shocked her a little.
MRS. ALLONBY. Ah, that will do her so much good!