|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from McTeague by Frank Norris:
"Afraid?" answered the dentist in perplexity. "What are you
afraid of, Trina? I'm not going to hurt you. What are you
What, indeed, was Trina afraid of? She could not tell. But
what did she know of McTeague, after all? Who was this man
that had come into her life, who had taken her from her home
and from her parents, and with whom she was now left alone
here in this strange, vast flat?
"Oh, I'm afraid. I'm afraid," she cried.
McTeague came nearer, sat down beside her and put one arm
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
Hope's face but a sort of stony calmness, which put her
infinitely farther from Malbone than had the momentary
struggle. As he gave the girlish form into arms that shook and
trembled beneath its weight, he caught a glimpse in the
pier-glass of their two white faces, and then, looking down,
saw the rose-tints yet lingering on Emilia's cheek. She, the
source of all this woe, looked the only representative of
innocence between two guilty things.
How white and pure and maidenly looked Hope's little
room,--such a home of peace, he thought, till its door suddenly
opened to admit all this passion and despair! There was a great
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Out of Time's Abyss by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
the girl helping him, and then he tied the ends together until he
had three ropes about seventy-five feet in length. He fastened
these together at each end and without a word secured one of the
ends about the girl's body beneath her arms.
"Don't be frightened," he said at length, as he led her toward
the opening in the shaft. "I'm going to lower you to the river,
and then I'm coming down after you. When you are safe below,
give two quick jerks upon the rope. If there is danger there and
you want me to draw you up into the shaft, jerk once. Don't be
afraid--it is the only way."
"I am not afraid," replied the girl, rather haughtily Bradley
Out of Time's Abyss