|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
but that would not do, and he was always whipping; so I got into this way
of making a spring forward to keep up. On market nights he used to stay
very late at the inn, and then drive home at a gallop.
"One dark night he was galloping home as usual, when all of a sudden
the wheel came against some great heavy thing in the road,
and turned the gig over in a minute. He was thrown out and his arm broken,
and some of his ribs, I think. At any rate, it was the end
of my living with him, and I was not sorry. But you see it will be the same
everywhere for me, if men must go so fast. I wish my legs were longer!"
Poor Peggy! I was very sorry for her, and I could not comfort her,
for I knew how hard it was upon slow-paced horses to be put with fast ones;
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
have believed it of his gran.
But at the last...Ma Parker threw the counterpane over the bed. No, she
simply couldn't think about it. It was too much--she'd had too much in her
life to bear. She'd borne it up till now, she'd kept herself to herself,
and never once had she been seen to cry. Never by a living soul. Not even
her own children had seen Ma break down. She'd kept a proud face always.
But now! Lennie gone--what had she? She had nothing. He was all she'd
got from life, and now he was took too. Why must it all have happened to
me? she wondered. "What have I done?" said old Ma Parker. "What have I
As she said those words she suddenly let fall her brush. She found herself
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death by Patrick Henry:
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the
song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part
of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not,
and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their
temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost,
I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of
experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.
And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct
of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with