|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
ment house called the Beersheba Flats, over against
the elevated portion of the New York Central Rail-
"When the order come to the flats that all hands
must turn out and sleep in the park, according to the
instructions of the consulting committee of the City
Club and the Murphy Draying, Returfing and Sod-
ding Company, there was a look of a couple of fires
and an eviction all over the place.
"The tenants began to pack up feather beds, rub-
ber boots, strings of garlic, hot-water bags, porta-
The Voice of the City
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle:
for and were ordered to this address.
Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the
room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his
eye which made me think that he had not been disappointed in his
"They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands.
"You seem to expect company. They have laid for five."
"Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I
am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I
fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs."
It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in,
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
forward of the head, the arch of the nostrils,- gave him a sort of tense
eagerness, a look of running against the wind. From the photograph
Harvey might have been a gladiator; as a matter of fact he was a bond
So during the daytime Sarah Lee looked - at intervals - at the photograph,
and got that feel of drive and force. And in the evenings Harvey came,
and she lost it. For, outside of a frame, he became a rather sturdy
figure, of no romance, but of a comforting solidity. A kindly young man,
with a rather wide face and hands disfigured as to fingers by much early
baseball. He had heavy shoulders, the sort a girl might rely on to
carry many burdens. A younger and tidier Uncle James, indeed - the same