|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Life in the Iron-Mills by Rebecca Davis:
"Where's the father?" asked Deborah, holding out a potato,
which the girl greedily seized.
"He's beyant,--wid Haley,--in the stone house." (Did you ever
hear the word tail from an Irish mouth?) "I came here. Hugh
told me never to stay me-lone."
A vexed frown crossed her face. The girl saw it, and added
"I have not seen Hugh the day, Deb. The old man says his watch
lasts till the mornin'."
Life in the Iron-Mills
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:
visitor there, did not understand this opposition to his
"Because the person who is now in the gallery prefers being
alone, and never practices in the presence of any one."
"Not even before you, Philip? Then who loads his pistol?"
"It is he, then."
"Do you know this gentleman?"
"Yes, and I am come to look for him; he is a friend of
The Count of Monte Cristo
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
Were flung to catch a star;
It was as though I curved my hand
And dipped sea-water eagerly,
Only to find it lost the blue
Dark splendor of the sea.
Your eyes drink of me,
Love makes them shine,
Your eyes that lean
So close to mine.
We have long been lovers,