|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin:
of another animal. It is extremely difficult to preserve these
Planariae; as soon as the cessation of life allows the ordinary
laws of change to act, their entire bodies become soft
and fluid, with a rapidity which I have never seen equalled.
I first visited the forest in which these Planariae were
found, in company with an old Portuguese priest who took
me out to hunt with him. The sport consisted in turning
into the cover a few dogs, and then patiently waiting to fire
at any animal which might appear. We were accompanied
by the son of a neighbouring farmer -- a good specimen of
a wild Brazilian youth. He was dressed in a tattered old
The Voyage of the Beagle
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
answered Major Dalgetty, "and a few women and children."
"Where are they now?" demanded Montrose.
"In a valley, at three miles' distance," answered the soldier,
"awaiting your Excellency's command; I judged it not fit to bring
them to your leaguer without your Excellency's orders."
"You judged very well," said Montrose; "it would be proper that
they remain where they are, or seek some more distant place of
refuge. I will send them money, though it is a scarce article
with me at present."
"It is quite unnecessary," said Major Dalgetty; "your Excellency
has only to hint that the M'Aulays are going in that direction,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
settlements, and at last, the opening of this glorious country to the world.
Therefore, let us rejoice; let every one be happy; let your gayest laugh ring
out, and tell your best story."
Betty had blushed painfully at the entrance of Alfred and again at the
Colonel's remark. To add to her embarrassment she found herself seated
opposite Alfred at the table. This was the first time he had been near her
since the Sunday at the meeting-house, and the incident had a singular effect
on Betty. She found herself possessed, all at once, of an unaccountable
shyness, and she could not lift her eyes from her plate. But at length she
managed to steal a glance at Alfred. She failed to see any signs in his
beaming face of the broken spirit of which her brother had hinted. He looked