|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
hundred pairs of eyes, while we lay helpless in the darkness, bound
even more tightly than before.
"Look here," said Harry suddenly, "why can't we see their
eyes? Why don't they shine."
"My dear boy," said I, "in this darkness you couldn't see the
Kohinoor diamond if it were hanging on your nose, drawing-room
travelers to the contrary notwithstanding. We have one advantage--
they can't understand what we say, but they even up for it by not
There was a short silence, then Harry's voice:
|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:
she will yield. I know Emilia enough for that."
Malbone paused, half in ecstasy, half in dismay. Were all the
events of life combining to ruin or to save him? This young
girl, whom he so passionately loved, was she to be thrust back
into his arms, and was he to be told to clasp her and be
silent? And that by Hope, and in the name of duty?
It seemed a strange position, even for him who was so eager for
fresh experiences and difficult combinations. At Hope's appeal
he was to risk Hope's peace forever; he was to make her sweet
sisterly affection its own executioner. In obedience to her
love he must revive Emilia's. The tender intercourse which he
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Captain Stormfield by Mark Twain:
away for leagues and leagues - you couldn't see the ends. They
were empty and still, and hadn't a cheerful look, but looked
dreary, like a theatre before anybody comes - gas turned down.
Sandy says, -
"We'll sit down here and wait. We'll see the head of the
procession come in sight away off yonder pretty soon, now."
Says I, -
"It's pretty lonesome, Sandy; I reckon there's a hitch somewheres.
Nobody but just you and me - it ain't much of a display for the
"Don't you fret, it's all right. There'll be one more gun-fire -