|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad:
promising title. Now and then it happened that one of the faded,
yellow dancing girls would get sold to an amateur, as though she
had been alive and young.
Sometimes it was Mrs Verloc who would appear at the call of the
cracked bell. Winnie Verloc was a young woman with a full bust, in
a tight bodice, and with broad hips. Her hair was very tidy.
Steady-eyed like her husband, she preserved an air of unfathomable
indifference behind the rampart of the counter. Then the customer
of comparatively tender years would get suddenly disconcerted at
having to deal with a woman, and with rage in his heart would
proffer a request for a bottle of marking ink, retail value
The Secret Agent
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
prints of my shoes behind me in the millennially untrodden dust
made me shudder. Never before, if my mad dreams held anything
of truth, had human feet pressed upon those immemorial pavements.
Of the particular goal of my insane racing, my conscious mind
held no hint. There was, however, some force of evil potency pulling
at my dazed will and buried recollection, so that I vaguely felt
I was not running at random.
I came to a downward incline and
followed it to profounder depths. Floors flashed by me as I raced,
but I did not pause to explore them. In my whirling brain there
had begun to beat a certain rhythm which set my right hand twitching
Shadow out of Time
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: