|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
that I should myself make the intended haven, than I began to
be convinced that Trent was there before me. I climbed into the
rigging, stood on the board, and eagerly scanned that ring of
coral reef and bursting breaker, and the blue lagoon which they
enclosed. The two islets within began to show plainly--Middle
Brooks and Lower Brooks Island, the Directory named them:
two low, bush-covered, rolling strips of sand, each with
glittering beaches, each perhaps a mile or a mile and a half in
length, running east and west, and divided by a narrow
channel. Over these, innumerable as maggots, there hovered,
chattered, screamed and clanged, millions of twinkling sea-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry:
and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they
are wisest. They are the magi.
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The Gift of the Magi
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from St. Ives by Robert Louis Stevenson:
business for you. Ah, yes, I did it, God forgive me! - did it
before I so much as asked you the explanation of the paragraph.
For some time back the will has been prepared; now it is signed;
and your uncle has heard nothing of your recent piece of activity.
Why? Well, I had no fancy to bother him on his death-bed: you
might be innocent; and at bottom I preferred the murderer to the
No doubt of it but the man played a friendly part; no doubt also
that, in his ill-temper and anxiety, he expressed himself
'You will perhaps find me over delicate,' said I. 'There is a word