|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
seemed awkward and foreign. I used my vocal organs clumsily and
gropingly, and my diction had a curiously stilted quality, as
if I had laboriously learned the English language from books.
The pronunciation was barbarously alien, whilst the idiom seemed
to include both scraps of curious archaism and expressions of
a wholly incomprehensible cast.
Of the latter, one in particular
was very potently - even terrifiedly - recalled by the youngest
of the physicians twenty years afterward. For at that late period
such a phrase began to have an actual currency - first in England
and then in the United States - and though of much complexity
Shadow out of Time
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
Mr. Dougherty had intended to make the outing
with his unwonted wife an inconspicuous one. Uxori-
ousness was a weakness that the precepts of the
Caribs did not countenance. If any of his friends of
the track, the billiard cloth or the square circle had
wives they had never complained of the fact in public.
There were a number of table d'hote places on the
cross streets near the broad and shining way; and to
one of these he had purposed to escort her, so that the
bushel might not be removed from the light of his
The Voice of the City
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum:
them for yourself? It's a pity to give them to those noisy boys and
fretful girls, who break and destroy them so quickly."
"Nonsense!" cried the old graybeard, his bright eyes twinkling merrily
as he turned toward the tempting Daemon. "The boys and girls are
never so noisy and fretful after receiving my presents, and if I can
make them happy for one day in the year I am quite content."
So the Daemon went back to the others, who awaited him in their caves,
"I have failed, for Santa Claus is not at all selfish."
The following day the Daemon of Envy visited Santa Claus. Said he:
"The toy shops are full of playthings quite as pretty as those you are
A Kidnapped Santa Claus