|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Edingburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson:
signed by an enthusiastic people. In the long arm of the
church-yard that extends to Lauriston, the prisoners from
Bothwell Bridge - fed on bread and water and guarded,
life for life, by vigilant marksmen - lay five months
looking for the scaffold or the plantations. And while
the good work was going forward in the Grassmarket,
idlers in Greyfriars might have heard the throb of the
military drums that drowned the voices of the martyrs.
Nor is this all: for down in the corner farthest from Sir
George, there stands a monument dedicated, in uncouth
Covenanting verse, to all who lost their lives in that
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
principle of successive variations not always supervening at an early age,
and being inherited at a corresponding not early period of life, we can
clearly see why the embryos of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes should
be so closely alike, and should be so unlike the adult forms. We may cease
marvelling at the embryo of an air-breathing mammal or bird having
branchial slits and arteries running in loops, like those in a fish which
has to breathe the air dissolved in water, by the aid of well-developed
Disuse, aided sometimes by natural selection, will often tend to reduce an
organ, when it has become useless by changed habits or under changed
conditions of life; and we can clearly understand on this view the meaning
On the Origin of Species
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
now making its appearance. It sounded very distinctly, at last,
in her telling him she would stop "teasing" him if he would promise
her solemnly to come down to Rome in the winter.
"That's not a difficult promise to make," said Winterbourne.
"My aunt has taken an apartment in Rome for the winter and has
already asked me to come and see her."
"I don't want you to come for your aunt," said Daisy; "I want you
to come for me." And this was the only allusion that the young
man was ever to hear her make to his invidious kinswoman.
He declared that, at any rate, he would certainly come.
After this Daisy stopped teasing. Winterbourne took a carriage,