|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Before Adam by Jack London:
of bygone happenings even as this is written.
It was in the early fall of the following year that it
happened. After his failure to get the Swift One,
Red-Eye had taken another wife; and, strange to relate,
she was still alive. Stranger still, they had a baby
several months old--Red-Eye's first child. His previous
wives had never lived long enough to bear him children.
The year had gone well for all of us. The weather had
been exceptionally mild and food plentiful. I remember
especially the turnips of that year. The nut crop was
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
drew near, walked to the parapet of the garden and leaned upon it,
looking intently at the lake and turning her back to them.
"Mother!" said the young girl in a tone of decision.
Upon this the elder lady turned round. "Mr. Winterbourne," said Miss
Daisy Miller, introducing the young man very frankly and prettily.
"Common," she was, as Mrs. Costello had pronounced her;
yet it was a wonder to Winterbourne that, with her commonness,
she had a singularly delicate grace.
Her mother was a small, spare, light person, with a
wandering eye, a very exiguous nose, and a large forehead,
decorated with a certain amount of thin, much frizzled hair.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
of the too great length of the belt, the weapon took up its post
triumphantly behind, standing out point in air, a tail confest,
amid the tittering of the ostlers, and the cheers of the sailors.
At last the poor man, by dint of a chair, was mounted safely, while
his fellow-stranger, a burly, coarse-looking man, equally gay, and
rather more handy, made so fierce a rush at his saddle, that, like
"vaulting ambition who o'erleaps his selle," he "fell on t'other
side:" or would have fallen, had he not been brought up short by
the shoulders of the ostler at his off-stirrup. In which shock off
came hat and feather.
"Pardie, the bulldog-faced one is a fighting man. Dost see, Frank?