|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Simple Soul by Gustave Flaubert:
--she who had never done anything wrong, and whose conscience was so
pure! But no! she ought to have taken her South. Other doctors would
have saved her. She accused herself, prayed to be able to join her
child, and cried in the midst of her dreams. Of the latter, one more
especially haunted her. Her husband, dressed like a sailor, had come
back from a long voyage, and with tears in his eyes told her that he
had received the order to take Virginia away. Then they both consulted
about a hiding-place.
Once she came in from the garden, all upset. A moment before (and she
showed the place), the father and daughter had appeared to her, one
after the other; they did nothing but look at her.
A Simple Soul
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey:
probable weakness under privation. Carley got up. Her bare feet landed upon
the board floor instead of the Navajo rug, and she thought she had
encountered cold stone. Stove and hot water notwithstanding, by the time
she was half dressed she was also half frozen. "Some actor fellow once said
w-when you w-went West you were c-camping out," chattered Carley. "Believe
me, he said something."
The fact was Carley had never camped out. Her set played golf, rode
horseback, motored and house-boated, but they had never gone in for
uncomfortable trips. The camps and hotels in the Adirondacks were as warm
and luxurious as Carley's own home. Carley now missed many things. And
assuredly her flesh was weak. It cost her effort of will and real pain to
The Call of the Canyon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
Aegean, or the Euxine, or the Sicilian seas. And when they have got as
much as ever they can get, they will not let it out of their sight,
but store it in the vessel on which they sail themselves, and off they
go across the seas again. Whenever they stand in need of money,
they will not discharge their precious cargo, at least not in
haphazard fashion, wherever they may chance to be; but first they find
out where corn is at the highest value, and where the inhabitants will
set the greatest store by it, and there they take and deliver the dear
article. Your father's fondness for agriculture seems to bear a
certain family resemblance to this passion.
 Lit. "of their excessive love for corn."