|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
examine what lay beyond. The result was nil. The trunk-room,
although heated by steam heat, like the rest of the house,
boasted of a fireplace and mantel as well. The opening had been
made between the flue and the outer wall of the house. There was
revealed, however, on inspection, only the brick of the chimney
on one side and the outer wall of the house on the other; in
depth the space extended only to the flooring. The breach had
been made about four feet from the floor, and inside were all the
missing bits of plaster. It had been a methodical ghost.
It was very much of a disappointment. I had expected a secret
room, at the very least, and I think even Mr. Jamieson had
The Circular Staircase
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
at sea, and sent a boat ashore to see (he supposes) that there was
no British man-of-war. It was the next morning before the boat
returned, when the ALBATROSS stood in and came to anchor near
another German ship. Here Alualu came to him on deck and told him
this was the place. "That is an astonishing thing," said he. "I
thought I was to go to Germany, I do not know what this means; I do
not know what will be the end of it; my heart is troubled."
Whereupon Alualu burst into tears. A little after, Laupepa was
called below to the captain and the governor. The last addressed
him: "This is my own place, a good place, a warm place. My house
is not yet finished, but when it is, you shall live in one of my
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from King Lear by William Shakespeare:
Alb. Go after her. She's desperate; govern her.
[Exit an Officer.]
Edm. What, you have charg'd me with, that have I done,
And more, much more. The time will bring it out.
'Tis past, and so am I.- But what art thou
That hast this fortune on me? If thou'rt noble,
I do forgive thee.
Edg. Let's exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
If more, the more th' hast wrong'd me.
My name is Edgar and thy father's son.