|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Inland Voyage by Robert Louis Stevenson:
CHATEAU. And with that they invited me on board their own water
villa. They apologised for their cabin; they had not been rich
enough to make it as it ought to be.
'The fire should have been here, at this side.' explained the
husband. 'Then one might have a writing-table in the middle -
books - and' (comprehensively) 'all. It would be quite coquettish
- CA SERAIT TOUT-A-FAIT COQUET.' And he looked about him as though
the improvements were already made. It was plainly not the first
time that he had thus beautified his cabin in imagination; and when
next he makes a bit, I should expect to see the writing-table in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
fact I cannot conceive the uses of an incurious mind. It would be
like a chamber perpetually locked up. But in this particular case
Mr. Powell seemed to have given us already a complete insight into
his personality such as it was; a personality capable of perception
and with a feeling for the vagaries of fate, but essentially simple
Marlow agreed with me so far. He explained however that his
curiosity was not excited by Mr. Powell exclusively. It originated
a good way further back in the fact of his accidental acquaintance
with the Fynes, in the country. This chance meeting with a man who
had sailed with Captain Anthony had revived it. It had revived it
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Margret Howth: A Story of To-day by Rebecca Harding Davis:
sides, and lowered crown, and smiled significantly.
"Exactly," laughed Holmes, putting his hand on his head.
"Crippled there by my Yorkshire blood,--my mother. Never mind;
outside of this life, blood or circumstance matters nothing."
They walked on slowly towards town. Surely there was nothing in
the bill-of-sale which the old man had in his pocket but a mere
matter of business; yet they were strangely silent about it, as
if it brought shame to some one. There was an embarrassed pause.
The Doctor went back to Lois for relief.
"I think it is the pain and want of such as she that makes them
susceptible to religion. The self in them is so starved and
Margret Howth: A Story of To-day