|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
"You must trust in the Lord," said Tant Sannie. "He can give you more than
you have lost."
"I do, I do!" he cried; "but oh, I have no wife! I have no wife!"
Tant Sannie was much affected, and came and stood near the bed.
"Ask him if he won't have a little pap--nice, fine, flour pap. There is
some boiling on the kitchen fire."
The German made the proposal, but the widower waved his hand.
"No, nothing shall pass my lips. I should be suffocated. No, no! Speak
not of food to me!"
"Pap, and a little brandy in," said Tant Sannie coaxingly.
Bonaparte caught the word.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed by Edna Ferber:
a little sweeping, a little cooking. The finest kind of
indoor exercise. Later you may write a little--but very
little. Run and play out of doors with the children.
When I see you again you will have roses in your cheeks
like the German girls, yes?"
"Yes," I echoed, meekly, "I wonder how Frieda will
like my elephantine efforts at assisting with the
housework. If she gives notice, Norah will be lost to
But Frieda did not give notice. After I had helped
her clean the kitchen and the pantry I noticed an
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
be sure who you're sitting next to at dinner any more. Come live North.
You'll find the only safe way is never to know anybody worth more than
five millions--if you wish to keep the criminal classes off your visiting
This made him merry. "Put 'em in jail, then!"
"Ah, the jail!" I returned. "It's the great American joke. It reverses
the rule of our smart society. Only those who have no incomes are
"But what do you have laws and lawyers for?"
"To keep the rich out of jail. It's called 'professional etiquette.'"
"Your picture flatters!"