|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
think that I nearly married a murderer - and didn't - I cry for
sheer joy." Then she buried her face and cried again.
"Please don't," I protested unsteadily. "I won't be responsible if
you keep on crying like that. I may forget that I have a capital
charge hanging over my head, and that I may be arrested at any
That brought her out of the handkerchief at once. "I meant to be
so helpful," she said, "and I've thought of nothing but myself!
There were some things I meant to tell you. If Jennie was - what
you say, then I understand why she came to me just before I left.
She had been packing my things and she must have seen what condition
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift:
Knows nothing which it dare not own;
Can make us without fear disclose
Our inmost secrets to our foes;
That common forms were not designed
Directors to a noble mind.
Now, said the nymph, I'll let you see
My actions with your rules agree,
That I can vulgar forms despise,
And have no secrets to disguise.
I knew by what you said and writ,
How dangerous things were men of wit;
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
"I am your new Captain," I said quietly.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, he had
got rid of the plate and the cloth and jumped to
open the cabin door. As soon as I passed into the
saloon he vanished, but only to reappear instantly,
buttoning up a jacket he had put on with the
swiftness of a "quick-change" artist.
"Where's the chief mate?" I asked.
"In the hold, I think, sir. I saw him go down
the after-hatch ten minutes ago."
"Tell him I am on board."
The Shadow Line