|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
"Get out, you damned little fool!" he growled.
"You're always in the way when you're not wanted.
Nobody can ever find you when there's work to be
"But I can't see, Jim dear," she pleaded. "I
do not know when things are out of place----"
"You're a liar!" he roared. "You know where every
piece of junk stands in this room better than I do. I
can't bring a friend into that door that you don't know
it. You can hear the swish of a woman's skirt on the
stairs four stories below----"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle:
tall, stout man, with a red handkerchief tied around his neck,
and with copper buckles on his shoes, so that Barnaby True could
not but wonder whether he was not the very same man who had given
the note to Miss Eliza Bolles at the door of his lodging house.
"'Tis all right and straight as it should be," the other said,
after he had so glanced his eyes over the note. "And now that
the paper is read" (suiting his action to his words), "I'll just
burn it, for safety's sake."
And so he did, twisting it up and setting it to the flame of the
"And now," he said, continuing his address, "I'll tell you what I
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
his mother taught him, before the very muzzles of Spanish guns;
instead of bewailing unmanly, as I have done, the love which he
held, I doubt not, as dear as I did even my Rosalind. This is his
welcome to the winter's storm; while I, who dream, forsooth, of
heavenly inspiration, can but see therein an image of mine own
'Thou barren ground, whom winter's wrath has wasted,
Art made a mirror to behold my plight.'*
Pah! away with frosts, icicles, and tears, and sighs--"
* "The Shepherd's Calendar."
"And with hexameters and trimeters too, I hope," interrupted