|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Call of the Wild by Jack London:
Buck's neck under the collar.
"Twist it, an' you'll choke 'm plentee," said Manuel, and the
stranger grunted a ready affirmative.
Buck had accepted the rope with quiet dignity. To be sure, it was
an unwonted performance: but he had learned to trust in men he
knew, and to give them credit for a wisdom that outreached his
own. But when the ends of the rope were placed in the stranger's
hands, he growled menacingly. He had merely intimated his
displeasure, in his pride believing that to intimate was to
command. But to his surprise the rope tightened around his neck,
shutting off his breath. In quick rage he sprang at the man, who
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
prayers?' says I.
"'It occurs to me that I have never been so fortunate,' says the
"So I told it to him. Laugh! I was wishing to myself that he was a
customer. What a bill of glass I'd sell him! And then he says:
"'The relating of anecdotes and humorous occurrences has always seemed
to me, Mr. Pescud, to be a particularly agreeable way of promoting
and perpetuating amenities between friends. With your permission, I
will relate to you a fox-hunting story with which I was personally
connected, and which may furnish you some amusement.'
So he tells it. It takes forty minutes by the watch. Did I laugh?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
Leaving the brothers, Ozma and the girls
continued their walk. Presently Betsy exclaimed:
"Shaggy's brother can't ever be as happy in Oz
as I am. Do you know, Dorothy, I didn't believe
any girl could ever have such a good time--
anywhere--as I'm having now?"
"I know," answered Dorothy. "I've felt that way
myself, lots of times.
"I wish," continued Betsy, dreamily, "that every
little girl in the world could live in the Land of
Tik-Tok of Oz