|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Life in the Iron-Mills by Rebecca Davis:
beside him, was conscious of it, did obeisance to it with his
artist sense, unconscious that he did so.
The rain did not cease. Clarke and the reporter left the mills;
the others, comfortably seated near the furnace, lingered,
smoking and talking in a desultory way. Greek would not have
been more unintelligible to the furnace-tenders, whose presence
they soon forgot entirely. Kirby drew out a newspaper from his
pocket and read aloud some article, which they discussed
eagerly. At every sentence, Wolfe listened more and more like
a dumb, hopeless animal, with a duller, more stolid look
creeping over his face, glancing now and then at Mitchell,
Life in the Iron-Mills
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
natural eyes of her comrades, and so after staring hard at the
magician's army, she boldly advanced and danced right through the
threatening line! On the other side, she waved her stuffed arms and
called out, "Come on, folks. The spears can't hurt you."
said the Wizard gaily. "An optical illusion, as I thought. Let
us all follow the Patchwork Girl." The three little girls were
somewhat nervous in attempting to brave the spears and battle axes,
but after the others had safely passed the line, they ventured to
follow. And when all had passed through the ranks of the girl army,
the army itself magically disappeared from view.
All this time our friends had been getting farther up the hill and
The Lost Princess of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Roads of Destiny by O. Henry:
crave pardon, sire, if my anxiety for your safety offends."
"The loyalty," said the king, "of the Duke d'Aumale is too well proven
to give offence." He sank into his chair, and the film came again over
"First," said the duke, "I will read you the letter he brought:
"'To-night is the anniversary of the dauphin's death. If he goes,
as is his custom, to midnight mass to pray for the soul of his
son, the falcon will strike, at the corner of the Rue Esplanade.
If this be his intention, set a red light in the upper room at the
southwest corner of the palace, that the falcon may take heed.'
"Peasant," said the duke, sternly, "you have heard these words. Who