|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
"Allow me," said Almayer, pompously. "This is my daughter.
Nina, these gentlemen, officers of the frigate outside, have done
me the honour to accept my hospitality."
Nina answered the low bows of the two officers by a slow
inclination of the head and took her place at the table opposite
her father. All sat down. The coxswain of the steam launch came
up carrying some bottles of wine.
"You will allow me to have this put upon the table?" said the
lieutenant to Almayer.
"What! Wine! You are very kind. Certainly, I have none myself.
Times are very hard."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
Georgia Magnet, who gave the world of science
a decided start about a generation ago. I shall
have more to say of her a little further on.
The jiu jitsu of the Japanese is, in part, a
development of the same principles, but here
again much new material has been added, so
that it deserves to be considered a new art.
The following, from Dr. Desaguliers'
Experimental Philosophy, London, 1763, Vol. 1,
page 289, contrasts feats of actual strength
with the tricks of the old-time performers:
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Pocket Diary Found in the Snow by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
"There is some one in the next room with the old woman. I hear a
man s voice and they are quarrelling. They are talking of me. He
wants her to do something which she will not do. He commands her
to go away, but she refuses. What does he mean to do? I do not
want her to leave me alone. I do not hate her any more; I know
that she is not bad. When I listened I heard her speaking of me as
of an insane person. She really believes that I am ill. When the
man went away he must have been angry. He stamped down the stairs
until the steps creaked under his tread: I know it is a wooden
"I am safe from him to-day, but I am really ill of fright. Am I