|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Across The Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson:
both quick at answering their names, and speedy in getting
themselves and their effects on board.
The families once housed, we men carried the second car without
ceremony by simultaneous assault. I suppose the reader has some
notion of an American railroad-car, that long, narrow wooden box,
like a flat-roofed Noah's ark, with a stove and a convenience, one
at either end, a passage down the middle, and transverse benches
upon either hand. Those destined for emigrants on the Union
Pacific are only remarkable for their extreme plainness, nothing
but wood entering in any part into their constitution, and for the
usual inefficacy of the lamps, which often went out and shed but a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
go to bed at all. He went to and fro, as if patroling the house,
and was never out of sight of the room where Lucy lay in her coffin,
strewn with the wild garlic flowers, which sent through the odor
of lily and rose, a heavy, overpowering smell into the night.
MINA HARKER'S JOURNAL
22 September.--In the train to Exeter. Jonathan sleeping.
It seems only yesterday that the last entry was made, and yet
how much between then, in Whitby and all the world before me,
Jonathan away and no news of him, and now, married to Jonathan,
Jonathan a solicitor, a partner, rich, master of his business,
Mr. Hawkins dead and buried, and Jonathan with another attack
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
pockets and with a new kind of smile. It was as if he were going
to let his young votary see him all now.
"Upon my word in that case you know more than I do!" the latter
ventured to respond, revealing a part of the torment of being able
neither clearly to esteem nor distinctly to renounce him.
"My dear fellow," said the more and more interesting Master, "don't
imagine I talk about my books specifically; they're not a decent
subject - il ne manquerait plus que ca! I'm not so bad as you may
apprehend! About myself, yes, a little, if you like; though it
wasn't for that I brought you down here. I want to ask you
something - very much indeed; I value this chance. Therefore sit