|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson:
returned Clipsby, sturdily.
Sir Daniel laughed a guffaw.
"Why, well said!" he cried. "Hast a shrewd tongue in thy mouth, go
to! I will forgive you for that merry word. Selden, see them fed,
both man and brute."
The knight re-entered the inn.
"Now, friend Dick," he said, "fall to. Here is good ale and bacon.
Eat, while that I read."
Sir Daniel opened the packet, and as he read his brow darkened.
When he had done he sat a little, musing. Then he looked sharply
at his ward.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Master of the World by Jules Verne:
encompassing wall. The surroundings were absolutely deserted.
Probably not a living creature ever mounted to this height, except
the few birds of prey which soared high above us.
Our watches showed three o'clock, and Mr. Smith cried in disgust,
"What is the use of stopping here all day! We shall learn nothing
more. We must make a start, Mr. Strock, if we want to get back to
Pleasant Garden to-night."
I made no answer, and did not move from where I was seated; so he
called again, "Come, Mr. Strock; you don't answer."
In truth, it cut me deeply to abandon our effort, to descend the
slope without having achieved my mission. I felt an imperious need of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
made him act in the mad way which had so grievously offended her. He exerted
himself to win her forgiveness. Betty was always tender-hearted, and though
she did not trust him, she said they might still be friends, but that that
depended on his respect for her forbearance. Miller had promised he would
never refer to the old subject and he had kept his word.
Indeed Betty welcomed any diversion for the long winter evenings. Occasionally
some of the young people visited her, and they sang and danced, roasted
apples, popped chestnuts, and played games. Often Wetzel and Major McColloch
came in after supper. Betty would come down and sing for them, and afterward
would coax Indian lore and woodcraft from Wetzel, or she would play checkers
with the Major. If she succeeded in winning from him, which in truth was not