|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
showy gilt letters upon her garboard streak."
"What's the garboard streak, Condy?" Blix had asked, when he had
read the chapter to her.
"That's where they paint her name," he declared promptly. "I
don't know exactly, but I like the sound of it."
But the next day, when he was reading this same chapter to Captain
Jack, the latter suddenly interrupted with an exclamation as of
acute physical anguish.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke:
spears of lightning against their foes. Gods they were not, but
foul spirits of the air, rulers of the darkness. Was there not
glory and honour in fighting them, in daring their anger under
the shield of faith, in putting them to flight with the sword
of truth? What better adventure could a brave man ask than to
go forth against them, and wrestle with them, and conquer
"Look you, my friends," said Winfried, "how sweet and
peaceful is this convent to-night! It is a garden full of
flowers in the heart of winter; a nest among the branches of
a great tree shaken by the winds; a still haven on the edge of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
any words could be? He loved her. She was sure of that now, and
this conviction was so pleasant she could even be kinder to
Melanie. She could be sorry for Melanie now, sorry with a faint
contempt for her blindness, her stupidity.
"When the war is over!" she thought. "When it's over--then . . ."
Sometimes she thought with a small dart of fear: "What then?" But
she put the thought from her mind. When the war was over,
everything would be settled, somehow. If Ashley loved her, he
simply couldn't go on living with Melanie.
But then, a divorce was unthinkable; and Ellen and Gerald, staunch
Catholics that they were, would never permit her to marry a
Gone With the Wind