|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
"You ought to be ashamed," said Paul.
"Ashamed of marrying again?"
"I won't say that - but ashamed of your reasons."
The elder man beautifully smiled. "You must let me judge of them,
my good friend."
"Yes; why not? For you judged wonderfully of mine."
The tone of these words appeared suddenly, for St. George, to
suggest the unsuspected. He stared as if divining a bitterness.
"Don't you think I've been straight?"
"You might have told me at the time perhaps."
"My dear fellow, when I say I couldn't pierce futurity -!"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:
time where he was. Wasn't it another proof of the success with
which those patrons practised their arts that they had managed to
avert for so long the illuminating flash? It descended on our
friend with a breadth of effect which perhaps would have struck a
spectator as comical, after he had returned to his little servile
room, which looked into a close court where a bare dirty opposite
wall took, with the sound of shrill clatter, the reflexion of
lighted back windows. He had simply given himself away to a band
of adventurers. The idea, the word itself, wore a romantic horror
for him - he had always lived on such safe lines. Later it assumed
a more interesting, almost a soothing, sense: it pointed a moral,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Soul of a Bishop by H. G. Wells:
He would take himself into a quiet corner in the library of
this doll's house, and sit his little body down in one of the
miniature armchairs. Then if he was going to faint or if the
trancelike feeling was to become altogether a trance--well, a
bishop asleep in an armchair in the library of the Athenaeum is
nothing to startle any one.
He thought of that convenient hidden room, the North Library,
in which is the bust of Croker. There often one can be quite
alone.... It was empty, and he went across to the window that
looks out upon Pall Mall and sat down in the little uncomfortable
easy chair by the desk with its back to the Benvenuto Cellini.