|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
feel pretty well again, and - and ready to take hold, that I should
like to go away for a week or so. Things are fairly well cleaned
up at the office."
"Do you mean - you are going to Richmond?" I asked, after a scarcely
perceptible pause. He turned and faced me, with his hands thrust in
"No. That's off, Lollie. The Sieberts are going for a week's
cruise along the coast. I - the hot weather has played hob with me
and the cruise means seven days' breeze and bridge."
I lighted a cigarette and offered him the box, but he refused. He
was looking haggard and suddenly tired. I could not think of
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad:
let, kneeling in the early darkness of the short days,
he recited aloud the Lord's Prayer before he slept.
Whenever he saw old Swaffer he would bow with
veneration from the waist, and stand erect while
the old man, with his fingers over his upper lip, sur-
veyed him silently. He bowed also to Miss Swaffer,
who kept house frugally for her father--a broad-
shouldered, big-boned woman of forty-five, with
the pocket of her dress full of keys, and a grey,
steady eye. She was Church--as people said
(while her father was one of the trustees of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moby Dick by Herman Melville:
whaling-spades, a procedure notwithstanding, which, in some
instances, only seems to tickle them into still greater activity.
But it was not thus in the present case with the Pequod's sharks;
though, to be sure, any man unaccustomed to such sights, to have
looked over her side that night, would have almost thought the whole
round sea was one huge cheese, and those sharks the maggots in it.
Nevertheless, upon Stubb setting the anchor-watch after his supper
was concluded; and when, accordingly, Queequeg and a forecastle
seaman came on deck, no small excitement was created among the
sharks; for immediately suspending the cutting stages over the side,
and lowering three lanterns, so that they cast long gleams of light