|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
you so much."
After a pause, Jacob suddenly burst forth with: "Is there any
reason why I should tell you? Do you care any more for me than the
rest of 'em?"
"I didn't know as you wanted me to care for you particularly," said
the father, almost deprecatingly. "I always thought you had
friends of your own age."
"Friends? Devils!" exclaimed Jacob. "Oh, what have I done--what
is there so dreadful about me that I should always be laughed at,
and despised, and trampled upon? You are a great deal older than
I am, father: what do you see in me? Tell me what it is, and how
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
NEXT morning (Thursday, 20th September) I took the road in a new
order. The sack was no longer doubled, but hung at full length
across the saddle, a green sausage six feet long with a tuft of
blue wool hanging out of either end. It was more picturesque, it
spared the donkey, and, as I began to see, it would ensure
stability, blow high, blow low. But it was not without a pang that
I had so decided. For although I had purchased a new cord, and
made all as fast as I was able, I was yet jealously uneasy lest the
flaps should tumble out and scatter my effects along the line of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Plutarch's Lives by A. H. Clough:
for oil, they said, was bestowed on mankind by God as a
refreshment of their labors.
Nor did they judge amiss, for he exposed himself to many hazards
in the battles which he fought, and received very severe wounds,
but the greatest loss in his army was occasioned through the
unwholesomeness of the air, and the want of necessary provisions.
But he still applied himself to overcome fortune and whatever
opposed him, by resolution and virtue, and thought nothing
impossible to true intrepidity, and on the other hand nothing
secure or strong for cowardice. It is told of him that when he
besieged Sisimithres, who held an inaccessible, impregnable rock