|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
woman from a marriage for which her heart pleads--perhaps, also, it
should have been strong enough to hold me back from the telling of
'No, Lily, the love itself is much, and though it should bring no
fruit, still it is something to have won it for ever and a day.'
'You are very young to talk thus, Thomas. I am also young, I know,
but we women ripen quicker. Perhaps all this is but a boy's fancy,
to pass with boyhood.'
'It will never pass, Lily. They say that our first loves are the
longest, and that which is sown in youth will flourish in our age.
Listen, Lily; I have my place to make in the world, and it may take
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
quietly in my bedroom from the time I go out until I return!"
"There he is--there he is," piped Elsa, and Karl was observed slithering
down a chestnut-tree, very much the worse for twigs.
"I've been listening to what you said about me, mumma," he confessed while
Frau Kellermann brushed him down. "It was not true about the watch. I was
only looking at it, and the little girl never stays in the bedroom. She
told me herself she always goes down to the kitchen, and--"
"Da, that's enough!" said Frau Kellermann.
We marched en masse along the station road. It was a very warm afternoon,
and continuous parties of "cure guests", who were giving their digestions a
quiet airing in pension gardens, called after us, asked if we were going
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:
And even granting some impediment, why was this gentleman to be
received by me in secret? The more I reflected the more convinced
I grew that I was dealing with a case of cerebral disease; and
though I dismissed my servants to bed, I loaded an old revolver,
that I might be found in some posture of self-defence.
Twelve o'clock had scarce rung out over London, ere the
knocker sounded very gently on the door. I went myself at the
summons, and found a small man crouching against the pillars of
"Are you come from Dr. Jekyll?" I asked.
He told me "yes" by a constrained gesture; and when I had
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde