|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Several Works by Edgar Allan Poe:
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he,
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door--
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door--
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore--
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
joyous expectancy he had not known for days.
Evidently Blix had seen him coming, for she opened the door
herself; and it suited her humor for the moment to treat him as a
peddler or book-agent.
"No, no," she said airily, her head in the air as she held the
door. "No, we don't want any to-day. We HAVE the biography of
Abraham Lincoln. Don't want to subscribe to any Home Book of Art.
We're not artistic; we use drapes in our parlors. Don't want 'The
Wives and Mothers of Great Men.'"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
greatest possible eyesore, and they had no right to be in that
neighbourhood at all. They were little mean dwellings painted a chocolate
brown. In the garden patches there was nothing but cabbage stalks, sick
hens and tomato cans. The very smoke coming out of their chimneys was
poverty-stricken. Little rags and shreds of smoke, so unlike the great
silvery plumes that uncurled from the Sheridans' chimneys. Washerwomen
lived in the lane and sweeps and a cobbler, and a man whose house-front was
studded all over with minute bird-cages. Children swarmed. When the
Sheridans were little they were forbidden to set foot there because of the
revolting language and of what they might catch. But since they were grown
up, Laura and Laurie on their prowls sometimes walked through. It was