|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Edition of The Ambassadors by Henry James:
She was evidently charmed with the way he took it. "If you mean if
we've talked of it--most certainly. And the question's not what has
had least to do with my wishing to see you."
"To judge if I'm the sort of man a woman CAN--?"
"Precisely," she exclaimed--"you wonderful gentleman! I do judge--I
HAVE judged. A woman can't. You're safe--with every right to be.
You'd be much happier if you'd only believe it."
Strether was silent a little; then he found himself speaking with a
cynicism of confidence of which even at the moment the sources were
strange to him. "I try to believe it. But it's a marvel," he
exclaimed, "how YOU already get at it!"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
THE BALKING OF CHRISTOPHER
THE BALKING OF
THE spring was early that year. It was only
the last of March, but the trees were filmed
with green and paling with promise of bloom; the
front yards were showing new grass pricking through
the old. It was high time to plow the south field
and the garden, but Christopher sat in his rocking-
chair beside the kitchen window and gazed out, and
did absolutely nothing about it.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Intentions by Oscar Wilde:
form, which is in its essence purely subjective, and seeks to
reveal its own secret and not the secret of another. For the
highest Criticism deals with art not as expressive but as
ERNEST. But is that really so?
GILBERT. Of course it is. Who cares whether Mr. Ruskin's views on
Turner are sound or not? What does it matter? That mighty and
majestic prose of his, so fervid and so fiery-coloured in its noble
eloquence, so rich in its elaborate symphonic music, so sure and
certain, at its best, in subtle choice of word and epithet, is at
least as great a work of art as any of those wonderful sunsets that