|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
I gathered together the papers and exercise books, and went down
to my wife. As, feeling quite worn out and shattered, I held the
papers and the exercise books to my breast with both hands, and
passing through my bedroom saw my trunks, the sound of weeping
reached me through the floor.
"Are you a kammer-junker?" a voice whispered in my ear. "That's a
very pleasant thing. But yet you are a reptile."
"It's all nonsense, nonsense, nonsense," I muttered as I went
downstairs. "Nonsense . . . and it's nonsense, too, that I am
actuated by vanity or a love of display. . . . What rubbish! Am I
going to get a decoration for working for the peasants or be made
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
Rosa, who was reading some lines written on the paper which
remained in her hands.
Her eyes suddenly lighted up; she read, with breathless
anxiety, the mysterious paper over and over again; and at
last, uttering a cry, held it out to the Prince and said,
"Read, Monseigneur, for Heaven's sake, read!"
William handed the third bulb to Van Systens, took the
paper, and read.
No sooner had he looked at it than he began to stagger; his
hand trembled, and very nearly let the paper fall to the
ground; and the expression of pain and compassion in his
The Black Tulip
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
place. It still claimed 1300 inhabitants as estimated and engraved on
the stone court-house by the census-taker in 1597. The citizens were
a mixture of Indians and other Indians; but some of 'em was light-
colored, which I was surprised to see. The town was huddled up on the
shore, with woods so thick around it that a subpoena-server couldn't
have reached a monkey ten yards away with the papers. We wondered
what kept it from being annexed to Kansas; but we soon found out that
it was Major Bing.
"Major Bing was the ointment around the fly. He had the cochineal,
sarsaparilla, log-wood, annatto, hemp, and all other dye-woods and
pure food adulteration concessions cornered. He had five-sixths of