|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Faith of Men by Jack London:
Then he upreared, and with his fore paws threw his weight against
it higher up. Leclere kicked out with one foot, but the rope bit
into his neck and checked so abruptly as nearly to overbalance him.
"Hi, ya! Chook! Mush-on!" he screamed.
Batard retreated, for twenty feet or so, with a fiendish levity in
his bearing that Leclere could not mistake. He remembered the dog
often breaking the scum of ice on the water hole by lifting up and
throwing his weight upon it; and remembering, he understood what he
now had in mind. Batard faced about and paused. He showed his
white teeth in a grin, which Leclere answered; and then hurled his
body through the air, in full charge, straight for the box.
|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:
"'The matter will be attended to at once,' says the
man, putting up his book.
"'Are ye the Park Commissioner?' I asks.
"'I own the Beersheba Flats,' says he. 'God
bless the grass and the trees that give extra benefits
to a man's tenants. The rents shall be raised fifteen
per cent. to-morrow. Good-night,' says he."
THE EASTER OF THE SOUL
It is hardly likely that a goddess may die. Then
Eastre, the old Saxon goddess of spring, must be
The Voice of the City
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
assured, I shall depart thy sonship, and serve my God with a
Now when the king heard all these words, he was furiously
enraged: and, seized with ungovernable anger, he cried out
wrathfully against him, and gnashed his teeth fiercely, like any
madman. "And who," said he, "is blameable for all my misfortunes
but myself, who have dealt with thee so kindly, and cared for
thee as no father before? Hence the perversity and contrariness
of thy mind, gathering strength by the licence that I gave thee,
hath made thy madness to fall upon mine own pate. Rightly
prophesied the astrologers in thy nativity that thou shouldest