|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
and I perceive I've managed to hurt your susceptibilities which are
consecrated to women. When you sit alone and silent you are
defending in your mind the poor women from attacks which cannot
possibly touch them. I wonder what can touch them? But to soothe
your uneasiness I will point out again that an Irrelevant world
would be very amusing, if the women take care to make it as charming
as they alone can, by preserving for us certain well-known, well-
established, I'll almost say hackneyed, illusions, without which the
average male creature cannot get on. And that condition is very
important. For there is nothing more provoking than the Irrelevant
when it has ceased to amuse and charm; and then the danger would be
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:
steady confusion of constantly varying sensation, sight
interrupted by sound, sound mingling with sight, on this swaying,
vibrating seat, quivering with the prolonged thrill of the earth,
lapsed to a sort of pleasing numbness, in a sense, hypnotised by
the weaving maze of things in which he found himself involved.
To keep his team at an even, regular gait, maintaining the
precise interval, to run his furrows as closely as possible to
those already made by the plough in front--this for the moment
was the entire sum of his duties. But while one part of his
brain, alert and watchful, took cognisance of these matters, all
the greater part was lulled and stupefied with the long monotony
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy:
condition that he said: 'Nikita!'
'It's comfortable, warm!' came a voice from beneath.
'There, you see, friend, I was going to perish. And you would
have been frozen, and I should have . . .'
But again his jaws began to quiver and his eyes to fill with
tears, and he could say no more.
'Well, never mind,' he thought. 'I know about myself what I
He remained silent and lay like that for a long time.
Nikita kept him warm from below and his fur coats from above.
Only his hands, with which he kept his coat-skirts down round
Master and Man