|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
English hearts are abroad, and you, who seem to be a man of mark,
have no friend, no kinsman among them?"
"Nay, if you speak of kinsmen," answered Gosling, "I have one
wild slip of a kinsman, who left us in the last year of Queen
Mary; but he is better lost than found."
"Do not say so, friend, unless you have heard ill of him lately.
Many a wild colt has turned out a noble steed.--His name, I pray
"Michael Lambourne," answered the landlord of the Black Bear; "a
son of my sister's--there is little pleasure in recollecting
either the name or the connection."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain:
full of interest; yes, and of a sort to break a body's heart.
It's a bag of gold that has turned to dirt and ashes in my hands.
It could save me, and save me so easily, and yet I've got to go to ruin.
It's like drowning with a life preserver in my reach. All the hard luck
comes to me, and all the good luck goes to other people--
Pudd'nhead Wilson, for instance; even his career has got a sort of
a little start at last, and what has he done to deserve it,
I should like to know? Yes, he has opened his own road,
but he isn't content with that, but must block mine.
It's a sordid, selfish world, and I wish I was out of it."
He allowed the light of the candle to play upon the jewels of the sheath,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle:
"Witness: 'He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some
allusion to a rat.'
"The Coroner: 'What did you understand by that?'
"Witness: 'It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was
"The Coroner: 'What was the point upon which you and your father
had this final quarrel?'
"Witness: 'I should prefer not to answer.'
"The Coroner: 'I am afraid that I must press it.'
"Witness: 'It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes