|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Little Britain by Washington Irving:
repulsed; the Miss Lambs having pronounced it "shocking
vulgar." Bitter rivalry has also broken out as to the most
fashionable part of Little Britain; the Lambs standing up for the
dignity of the Cross-Keys Square, and the Trotters for the
vicinity of St. Bartholomew's.
Thus is this little territory torn by factions and internal
dissensions, like the great empire who name it bears; and what
will be the result would puzzle the apothecary himself, with all
his talent at prognostics, to determine; though I apprehend that
it will terminate in the total downfall of genuine John Bullism.
The immediate effects are extremely unpleasant to me.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
he comes, and no further. Would you ask me what you might and what you
might not do?"
Her companion raised the moustache with a caressing movement from his lip
and smiled. It was not a question that stood in need of any answer.
"Why do you wish to enter on this semblance of marriage?"
"Because there is only one point on which I have a conscience. I have told
"Then why not marry me?"
"Because if once you have me you would hold me fast. I shall never be free
again." She drew a long, low breath.
"What have you done with the ring I gave you?" he said.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
duction to the tale, which is of plebeians and contains
no one with even the ghost of a title.
Katy Dempsey's mother kept a furnished-room
house in this oasis of the aliens. The business was
not profitable. If the two scraped together enough
to meet the landlord's agent on rent day and nego-
tiate for the ingredients of a daily Irish stew they
called it success. Often the stew lacked both meat
and potatoes. Sometimes it became as bad as con-
somme' with music.
In this mouldy old house Katy waxed plump and
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