|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne:
the brig rose on the summit of a regular waterspout?"
"Yes, captain," replied Herbert.
"Well, would you like to know what occasioned that waterspout? It was
this," said the engineer, holding up the broken tube.
"That?" returned Pencroft.
"Yes! This cylinder is all that remains of a torpedo!"
"A torpedo!" exclaimed the engineer's companions.
"And who put the torpedo there?" demanded Pencroft, who did not like to
"All that I can tell you is, that it was not I," answered Cyrus Harding;
"but it was there, and you have been able to judge of its incomparable
The Mysterious Island
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
interrupted him. She knew what men were. She knew what this man
was like. But he had taken wonderfully to the kid. And Davidson
desisted willingly, saying to himself that surely poor Laughing
Anne could have no illusions by this time. She wrung his hand hard
"'It's for the kid, Davy - it's for the kid. Isn't he a bright
"All this happened about two years before the day when Davidson,
sitting in this very room, talked to my friend. You will see
presently how this room can get full. Every seat'll be occupied,
Within the Tides
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle:
but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile,
while poor Frank here had a claim that petered out and came to
nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa
wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took
me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so
he followed me there, and he saw me without pa knowing anything
about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just
fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and
make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had
as much as pa. So then I promised to wait for him to the end of
time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes