|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
it up for her arms.
"You think I'll need that?" she asked.
His white teeth gleamed in a friendly smile.
"Take it from me, Kiddo, you certainly will!"
She winced just a little at the common expression,
but he said it with such a quick, boyish enthusiasm,
she wondered whether he were quoting the expression
from the Bowery boy's vocabulary or using it in a
facetious personal way.
"I knew you'd need it. So I brought it for you,"
he added genially.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
himself--were assembled together, and sat in turn in the big
office chair, and signed their names with the assistance of a
kind old gentleman in spectacles and Wellington boots. He
remembers playing with the children afterwards on the lawn at the
back of the lawyer's house, and a battle-royal that he had with a
brother tontiner who had kicked his shins. The sound of war
called forth the lawyer from where he was dispensing cake and
wine to the assembled parents in the office, and the combatants
were separated, and Joseph's spirit (for he was the smaller of
the two) commended by the gentleman in the Wellington boots, who
vowed he had been just such another at the same age. Joseph
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson:
swamped and dwarfed among hardly relevant orchestration; our
little passionate story drowns in a deep sea of descriptive
eloquence or slipshod talk.
But again, we are rather more tempted to admit those
particulars which we know we can describe; and hence those
most of all which, having been described very often, have
grown to be conventionally treated in the practice of our
art. These we choose, as the mason chooses the acanthus to
adorn his capital, because they come naturally to the
accustomed hand. The old stock incidents and accessories,
tricks of work-manship and schemes of composition (all being