|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
narrow opening showed some hundred fathoms before her
nose, an opening through which the sea ran in long, surging
sweeps, rolling back upon itself in angry breakers that filled
the aperture with swirling water and high-flung spume. To
have attempted to drive the ship into such a place would have
been the height of madness under ordinary circumstances. No
man knew what lay beyond, nor whether the opening carried
sufficient water to float the Halfmoon, though the long,
powerful sweep of the sea as it entered the opening denoted
Skipper Simms, seeing the grim rocks rising close beside his
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Letters of Two Brides by Honore de Balzac:
surprise myself in the act of meditating between the hostile powers.
In plain words, what I wanted was to speak with Felipe, alone, at
night, under the lime-trees at the bottom of our garden. There is no
denying that this desire beseems the girl who has earned the epithet
of an "up-to-date young lady," bestowed on me by the Duchess in jest,
and which my father has approved.
Yet to me there seems a method in this madness. I should recompense
Felipe for the long nights he has passed under my window, at the same
time that I should test him, by seeing what he thinks of my escapade
and how he comports himself at a critical moment. Let him cast a halo
round my folly--behold in him my husband; let him show one iota less
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
and deliver the nuptial benediction which would set it off so handsomely;
but Eugenia's impatience to withdraw from a country in which she had not
found the fortune she had come to seek was even less to be mistaken.
It is true she had not made any very various exertion; but she appeared
to feel justified in generalizing--in deciding that the conditions
of action on this provincial continent were not favorable to really
superior women. The elder world was, after all, their natural field.
The unembarrassed directness with which she proceeded to apply these
intelligent conclusions appeared to the little circle of spectators who
have figured in our narrative but the supreme exhibition of a character
to which the experience of life had imparted an inimitable pliancy.