|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
attitude of passion, for he was never really insincere.
Sometimes it seemed as if nothing stood between him and utter
profligacy but a little indolence, a little kindness, and a
good deal of caution.
"There seems no such thing as serious repentance in me," he had
once said to Kate, two years before, when she had upbraided him
with some desperate flirtation which had looked as if he would
carry it as far as gentlemen did under King Charles II. "How
does remorse begin?"
"Where you are beginning," said Kate.
"I do not perceive that," he answered. "My conscience seems,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:
had happened. I heard excited voices in the kitchen--
grandmother's was so shrill that I knew she must be almost
beside herself. I looked forward to any new crisis with delight.
What could it be, I wondered, as I hurried into my clothes.
Perhaps the barn had burned; perhaps the cattle had frozen to death;
perhaps a neighbour was lost in the storm.
Down in the kitchen grandfather was standing before the stove
with his hands behind him. Jake and Otto had taken off their
boots and were rubbing their woollen socks. Their clothes
and boots were steaming, and they both looked exhausted.
On the bench behind the stove lay a man, covered up with a blanket.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad:
the dark path. At the shore end of the gangway the
lantern, hung low to the handrail, threw a vivid light
on the white legs and the big black feet of Mr. Massy
waiting about anxiously. From the waist upwards he
remained shadowy, with a row of buttons gleaming up
to the vague outline of his chin.
"You may thank Captain Whalley for this," Mr. Van
Wyk said curtly to him before turning away.
The lamps on the veranda flung three long squares
of light between the uprights far over the grass. A bat
flitted before his face like a circling flake of velvety
End of the Tether