|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:
"Ah," said Bernard, "if pride is a source of information,
you must be a prodigy of knowledge!"
"I don't know that you are particularly humble!" the girl retorted.
"The meekest and most submissive of her sex would not have consented
to have such a bargain as that made about her--such a trick played
"My dearest Angela, it was no bargain--no trick!" Bernard interposed.
"It was a clumsy trick--it was a bad bargain!" she declared.
"At any rate I hated it--I hated the idea of your pretending to pass
judgment upon me; of your having come to Baden for the purpose.
It was as if Mr. Wright had been buying a horse and you had undertaken to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber:
their corsets, and their glittering shoes and their
miserable petty poverty beneath all the show. I thought I
was a lucky boy. I'd have pitied everybody in Winnebago, if
I'd ever thought of anybody in Winnebago. I never did,
except once in a while of you and mother when I needed
money. I kept on with my music. I had sense enough left,
for that. Besides, it was a habit, by that time. Well, we
He laughed, an ugly, abrupt little laugh that ended in a
moan, and turned his head and buried his face in Fanny's
breast. And Fanny's arm was there, about his shoulder.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Herland by Charlotte Gilman:
canaries and tidies, and all that sort of thing.
And Terry, in his secret heart, had visions of a sort of
sublimated summer resort--just Girls and Girls and Girls--and
that he was going to be--well, Terry was popular among women even
when there were other men around, and it's not to be wondered
at that he had pleasant dreams of what might happen. I could see
it in his eyes as he lay there, looking at the long blue rollers
slipping by, and fingering that impressive mustache of his.
But I thought--then--that I could form a far clearer idea of
what was before us than either of them.
"You're all off, boys," I insisted. "If there is such a place--and