|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:
"I have numbered them, 1, 2, 3. Will you describe them to me?"
I studied the proofs attentively.
"All greatly magnified, I see. No. 1, I should say, are a man's
finger-prints; thumb and first finger. No. 2 are a lady's; they
are much smaller, and quite different in every way. No. 3"--I
paused for some time--"there seem to be a lot of confused
finger-marks, but here, very distinctly, are No. 1's."
"Overlapping the others?"
"You recognize them beyond fail?"
"Oh, yes; they are identical."
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from House of Mirth by Edith Wharton:
prepared to answer it, but like all her class she had to go a
long way back to make a beginning, and it was only after a pause
that she replied: "My husband was janitor to the Benedick till
the first of the month; since then he can't get nothing to do."
Lily remained silent and she continued: "It wasn't no fault of
our own, neither: the agent had another man he wanted the place
for, and we was put out, bag and baggage, just to suit his fancy.
I had a long sickness last winter, and an operation that ate up
all we'd put by; and it's hard for me and the children, Haffen
being so long out of a job."
After all, then, she had come only to ask Miss Bart to find a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
down to shouting, but only succeeded in arousing the curiosity of
three cows and a well-nourished ram. The latter was so well
nourished that when he had stamped for the second time, I thought
it prudent to get over the wall. I did so with about four
seconds to spare. Nothing daunted, the winning animal took a
short run and butted the wall with surprising vigour. When three
large stones had fallen for seven runs, I offered up a short
prayer that Berry & Co. might return to look for me, and hastened
to put two more walls between us. I suppose it was the river
that I saw in the distance, from the summit of that fair hill...
Three and a half hours later I came upon the first signs of
The Brother of Daphne