|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
prepared fortifications. Perhaps the greatest element of his
strength lay in the conscious pride of his army that for three
years it had steadily barred the way to Richmond. To offset this
there now menaced it what had always been absent before--the
grim, unflinching will of the new Union commander, who had
rightly won for himself the name of "Unconditional Surrender"
On the night of May 4, 1864, his army entered upon the campaign
which, after many months, was to end the war. It divided itself
into two parts. For the first six weeks there was almost constant
swift marching and hard fighting, a nearly equally matched
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
out straight now. "Oh, I haven't any Judge behind me, I know. I
heard you'd be paying the boys this morning, and I've come for my
"You're thinking of leaving us?" asked the new foreman. "What's
"Oh, I'm not needing anybody back of me. I'll get along by
myself." It was thus he revealed his expectation of being
dismissed by his enemy.
This would have knocked any meditated generosity out of my heart.
But I was not the Virginian. He shifted his legs, leaned back a
little, and laughed. "Go back to your job, Trampas, if that's all
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather:
the interior of a cabin in the south of Ireland.
As they sat down, a burst of applause drew
Alexander's attention to the stage. Miss
Burgoyne and her donkey were thrusting their
heads in at the half door. "After all,"
he reflected, "there's small probability of
her recognizing me. She doubtless hasn't thought
of me for years." He felt the enthusiasm of
the house at once, and in a few moments he
was caught up by the current of MacConnell's
irresistible comedy. The audience had