|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
by Daisy and Jordan wearing small tight hats of metallic cloth and
carrying light capes over their arms.
"Shall we all go in my car?" suggested Gatsby. He felt the hot, green
leather of the seat. "I ought to have left it in the shade."
"Is it standard shift?" demanded Tom.
"Well, you take my coupe and let me drive your car to town."
The suggestion was distasteful to Gatsby.
"I don't think there's much gas," he objected.
"Plenty of gas," said Tom boisterously. He looked at the gauge.
"And if it runs out I can stop at a drug-store. You can buy anything at a
The Great Gatsby
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Collected Articles by Frederick Douglass:
rights of human nature.
The arm of the Federal government is long, but it is far too short
to protect the rights of individuals in the interior of distant States.
They must have the power to protect themselves, or they will go unprotected,
spite of all the laws the Federal government can put upon the national
Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths
of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own
conservation. It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around
it favorable to its own continuance. And to-day it is so strong
that it could exist, not only without law, but even against law.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
answered as a dyke, and the great valley on the other side
which rapidly engulfed whatever mounted - our own little
platform in the canyon must have been already buried a
hundred feet in salt and poisonous air. As it was, the
interest of the scene entirely occupied our minds. We were
set just out of the wind, and but just above the fog; we
could listen to the voice of the one as to music on the
stage; we could plunge our eyes down into the other, as into
some flowing stream from over the parapet of a bridge; thus
we looked on upon a strange, impetuous, silent, shifting
exhibition of the powers of nature, and saw the familiar