|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
insanity as any man who has not actually gone over the border.
That gesture restrained me, so to speak.
The mate with the terrific whiskers was now putting the ship
on the other tack. In the moment of profound silence
which follows upon the hands going to their stations I heard
on the poop his raised voice: "Hard alee!" and the distant
shout of the order repeated on the main-deck. The sails,
in that light breeze, made but a faint fluttering noise.
It ceased. The ship was coming round slowly: I held my breath
in the renewed stillness of expectation; one wouldn't have
thought that there was a single living soul on her decks.
The Secret Sharer
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
passed away, Jan twelft, in the peace of the Lord. He had your
photo and dear David's lade upon his bed, made me sit by him.
Let's be a' thegither, he said, and gave you all his blessing. O
my dear laddie, why were nae you and Davie here? He would
have had a happier passage. He spok of both of ye all night
most beautiful, and how ye used to stravaig on the Saturday
afternoons, and of auld Kelvinside. Sooth the tune to me, he
said, though it was the Sabbath, and I had to sooth him Kelvin
Grove, and he looked at his fiddle, the dear man. I cannae bear
the sight of it, he'll never play it mair. O my lamb, come home
to me, I'm all by my lane now." The rest was in a religious
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
until all the men were killed. Underlieutenant von Goss is
braver -- he came in and stood beside the door shouting at us,
also in a very loud voice, and bade us nail one of the Waziri
who was wounded to the wall, and then he laughed loudly
because the man suffered. We all laughed. It was very
Like a beast of prey, grim and terrible, Tarzan crouched in
the shadows beside the tent. What thoughts passed through
that savage mind? Who may say? No outward sign of
passion was revealed by the expression of the handsome face;
the cold, gray eyes denoted only intense watchfulness. Pres-
Tarzan the Untamed