|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne:
The reporter and his companions remained thus for a few minutes,
overwhelmed by the wind, drenched by the rain, blinded by the sand.
Then, in a pause of the tumult, they again heard the barking, which they
found must be at some distance.
It could only be Top! But was he alone or accompanied? He was most
probably alone, for, if Neb had been with him, he would have made his way
more directly towards the Chimneys. The sailor squeezed the reporter's
hand, for he could not make himself heard, in a way which signified "Wait!"
then he reentered the passage.
An instant after he issued with a lighted fagot, which he threw into the
darkness, whistling shrilly.
The Mysterious Island
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad:
that thing," cried the blacksmith. In a moment the top of the
delicate piece of furniture was smashed and there lay exposed in
a drawer eighty half imperials. Gold coin was a rare sight in
Russia even at that time; it put the peasants beside themselves.
"There must be more of that in the house, and we shall have it,"
yelled the ex-soldier blacksmith. "This is war-time." The
others were already shouting out of the window, urging the crowd
to come back and help. The priest, abandoned suddenly at the
gate, flung his arms up and hurried away so as not to see what
was going to happen.
In their search for money that bucolic mob smashed everything in
A Personal Record
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
him, do it before I die so that I can bid him welcome for your
sake. God bless you, my dear."
And after the girl had gone back to Bennington, the great-aunt
had this thought: "She is like us all. She wants a man that is a
man." Nor did the old lady breathe her knowledge to any member of
the family. For she was a loyal spirit, and her girl's confidence
was sacred to her.
"Besides," she reflected, "if even I can do nothing with her,
what a mess THEY'D make of it! We should hear of her elopement
So Molly's immediate family never saw that photograph, and never