|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
of him. He was redoubtable, not in virtue of his
office, but because of his unwarrantable assump-
tions. I had never had anything to do with him
I said: "Oh! He has asked for me twice. Then
perhaps I had better go in."
"You must! You must!"
The Shipping-Master led the way with a mincing
gait around the whole system of desks to a tall and
important-looking door, which he opened with a
deferential action of the arm.
The Shadow Line
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Mosses From An Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
he was absent in the daytime. Sometimes, as might be judged by
gleams of light from the shop windows, he was at work until a
late hour of the evening; although neither knock nor voice, on
such occasions, could gain admittance for a visitor, or elicit
any word of response. Nothing remarkable, however, was observed
in the shop at those late hours when it was thrown open. A fine
piece of timber, indeed, which Drowne was known to have reserved
for some work of especial dignity, was seen to be gradually
assuming shape. What shape it was destined ultimately to take was
a problem to his friends and a point on which the carver himself
preserved a rigid silence. But day after day, though Drowne was
Mosses From An Old Manse
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
which had not been undone.
"Are you bringing out another -?" Paul asked in a tone the fond
deficiencies of which he didn't recognise till his companion burst
out laughing, and indeed scarce even then.
"You humbug, you humbug!" - St. George appeared to enjoy caressing
him, as it were, with that opprobrium. "Don't I know what you
think of them?" he asked, standing there with his hands in his
pockets and with a new kind of smile. It was as if he were going
to let his young votary see him all now.
"Upon my word in that case you know more than I do!" the latter
ventured to respond, revealing a part of the torment of being able