|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Ann Veronica by H. G. Wells:
liked, and that made her look serious and responsible. Dinner
was quite uneventful. Her father read a draft prospectus warily,
and her aunt dropped fragments of her projects for managing while
the cook had a holiday. After dinner Ann Veronica went into the
drawing-room with Miss Stanley, and her father went up to his den
for his pipe and pensive petrography. Later in the evening she
heard him whistling, poor man!
She felt very restless and excited. She refused coffee, though
she knew that anyhow she was doomed to a sleepless night. She
took up one of her father's novels and put it down again, fretted
up to her own room for some work, sat on her bed and meditated
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man against the Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
For triumph born to be defeated.
To those who come for what she was --
The few left who know where to find her --
She clings, for they are all she has;
And she may smile when they remind her,
As heretofore, of what they know
Of roses that are still to blow
By ways where not so much as grass
Remains of what she sees behind her.
They stay a while, and having done
What penance or the past requires,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
Chalkeye, who knew better, talking religion after two glasses. Presently
this attack of noticing his friends' shortcomings mastered him, and his
mind, according to its wont, changed at a stroke. "I'm celebrating no
Christmas with this crowd," said the inner man; and when they had next
remembered Lin McLean in their hilarity he was gone.
Governor Barker, finishing his purchases at half-past three, went to meet
a friend come from Evanston. Mr. McLean was at the railway station,
buying a ticket for Denver.
"Denver!" exclaimed the amazed Governor.
"That's what I said," stated Mr. McLean, doggedly.
"Gee whiz!" went his Excellency. "What are you going to do there?"