|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
kind. It came out plainly at the trial. As I've told you before,
he was a clerk in a bank, like thousands of others. He got that
berth as a second start in life and there he stuck again, giving
perfect satisfaction. Then one day as though a supernatural voice
had whispered into his ear or some invisible fly had stung him, he
put on his hat, went out into the street and began advertising.
That's absolutely all that there was to it. He caught in the street
the word of the time and harnessed it to his preposterous chariot.
One remembers his first modest advertisements headed with the magic
word Thrift, Thrift, Thrift, thrice repeated; promising ten per
cent. on all deposits and giving the address of the Thrift and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Jungle by Upton Sinclair:
help him out, and they would deliver a big enough majority on
When he had heard all this explanation to the end, Jurgis
demanded: "But how can I get a job in Packingtown? I'm
At which "Bush" Harper laughed. "I'll attend to that all right,"
And the other replied, "It's a go, then; I'm your man." So Jurgis
went out to the stockyards again, and was introduced to the
political lord of the district, the boss of Chicago's mayor. It
was Scully who owned the brickyards and the dump and the ice
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
the direction of Divine Providence) by that means.
But it was impossible to beat anything into the heads of the poor.
They went on with the usual impetuosity of their tempers, full of
outcries and lamentations when taken, but madly careless of
themselves, foolhardy and obstinate, while they were well. Where
they could get employment they pushed into any kind of business, the
most dangerous and the most liable to infection; and if they were
spoken to, their answer would be, 'I must trust to God for that; if I am
taken, then I am provided for, and there is an end of me', and the like.
Or thus, 'Why, what must I do? I can't starve. I had as good have the
plague as perish for want. I have no work; what could I do? I must do
A Journal of the Plague Year