|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
keep it, if any motive should occur for my desiring to depart
from it. Surely the moral obligation of the parole is relaxed,
in as far as physical force is substituted instead thereof.
Thus comforting himself in the metaphysical immunities which he
deduced from the vigilance of his sentinel, Ritt-master Dalgetty
retired to his apartment, where, amid the theoretical
calculations of tactics, and the occasional more practical
attacks on the flask and pasty, he consumed the evening until it
was time to go to repose. He was summoned by Lorimer at break of
day, who gave him to understand, that, when he had broken his
fast, for which he produced ample materials, his guide and horse
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
they were carved I could just discern, but the nature of the carvings
was beyond my perception.
What held me the most was the vaulting
overhead. The beam from my torch could not reach the roof, but
the lower parts of the monstrous arches stood out distinctly.
And so perfect was their identity with what I had seen in countless
dreams of the elder world, that I trembled actively for the first
Behind and high above, a faint luminous blur told of the
distant moonlit world outside. Some vague shred of caution warned
me that I should not let it out of my sight, lest I have no guide
Shadow out of Time
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
As her sight became accustomed to it, her eyelids were raised,
and at length her eyes drank in the light of day.
The good child knelt down, exclaiming, "Oh Lord God! how
beautiful is Thy creation!" Then she rose and looked around.
At her feet extended the panorama of Edinburgh--the clear,
distinct lines of streets in the New Town, and the irregular
mass of houses, with their confused network of streets
and lanes, which constitutes Auld Reekie, properly so called.
Two heights commanded the entire city; Edinburgh Castle,
crowning its huge basaltic rock, and the Calton Hill,
bearing on its rounded summit, among other monuments, ruins built