|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Yes." Kent led the way back to the dining room. "Did you
recognize the man, Ferguson?"
"No." The detective swore softly as he stared about the room.
"The lights went out just as I tackled him."
"It was beastly luck that the fuse burned out at that second,"
groaned Kent. "Fortune was with him in that; but how did the man
get free of the handcuffs?" pointing to them still lying in the
chair. "We can't attribute that to luck, unless" - staring keenly
at Ferguson -" unless you did not snap them on the man's wrists,
"I did; I swear it," declared Ferguson. "I'm no novice at that
The Red Seal
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles:
What may it be? Whose messenger art thou?
The Isthmian commons have resolved to make
Thy husband king--so 'twas reported there.
What! is not aged Polybus still king?
No, verily; he's dead and in his grave.
What! is he dead, the sire of Oedipus?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
But Daisy, on this occasion, continued to present herself as an
inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence.
She had been walking some quarter of an hour, attended by her
two cavaliers, and responding in a tone of very childish gaiety,
as it seemed to Winterbourne, to the pretty speeches
of Mr. Giovanelli, when a carriage that had detached
itself from the revolving train drew up beside the path.
At the same moment Winterbourne perceived that his friend
Mrs. Walker--the lady whose house he had lately left--
was seated in the vehicle and was beckoning to him.
Leaving Miss Miller's side, he hastened to obey her summons.