|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift:
if the same use were made of several plump young girls in this
town, who without one single groat to their fortunes, cannot stir
abroad without a chair, and appear at a play-house and assemblies
in foreign fineries which they never will pay for; the kingdom
would not be the worse.
Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about
that vast number of poor people, who are aged, diseased, or
maimed; and I have been desired to employ my thoughts what course
may be taken, to ease the nation of so grievous an incumbrance.
But I am not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is
very well known, that they are every day dying, and rotting, by
A Modest Proposal
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
another trail and thus joined us, and that indigent trappers are
to be found owning but a single horse and leading him with their
belongings through the deepest solitudes of the mountains--none
of this quite brought back to me the comfort which had been mine
since we left the cottonwoods out of sight down in the plain.
Hence I called out sharply, "What's the matter now?" when the
Virginian suddenly stopped his horse again.
He looked down at the trail, and then he very slowly turned round
in his saddle and stared back steadily at me. "There's two of
them," he said.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
take a wife.
"Listen to her; she has the audacity!" said Tristram, who on Sunday
evenings was always rather acrimonious.
"I don't suppose you have made up your mind not to marry?"
Mrs. Tristram continued.
"Heaven forbid!" cried Newman. "I am sternly resolved on it."
"It's very easy," said Tristram; "fatally easy!"
"Well, then, I suppose you do not mean to wait till you are fifty."
"On the contrary, I am in a great hurry."
"One would never suppose it. Do you expect a lady to come
and propose to you?"