|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:
is sudden and unlooked for. To-day, we may seek for romance
and fail to find it: unsought, it lies in wait for us at most
prosaic corners of life's highway.
The drive that night, though it divided the drably commonplace
from the wildly bizarre--though it was the bridge between the
ordinary and the outre--has left no impression upon my mind.
Into the heart of a weird mystery the cab bore me; and in reviewing
my memories of those days I wonder that the busy thoroughfares
through which we passed did not display before my eyes signs
It was not so. I recall nothing of the route and little of import
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett:
home there, and it was still the Bowden farm; five generations of
sailors and farmers and soldiers had been its children. And
presently Mrs. Blackett showed me the stone-walled burying-ground
that stood like a little fort on a knoll overlooking the bay, but,
as she said, there were plenty of scattered Bowdens who were not
laid there,--some lost at sea, and some out West, and some who died
in the war; most of the home graves were those of women.
We could see now that there were different footpaths from
along shore and across country. In all these there were straggling
processions walking in single file, like old illustrations of the
Pilgrim's Progress. There was a crowd about the house as if huge
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
"I have often heard of this faculty," observed Anderson, "but I
have always thought those pretending to it were either
enthusiasts or impostors."
"I should be loath," said Lord Menteith, "to apply either
character to my kinsman, Allan M'Aulay. He has shown on many
occasions too much acuteness and sense, of which you this night
had an instance, for the character of an enthusiast; and his high
sense of honour, and manliness of disposition, free him from the
charge of imposture."
"Your lordship, then," said Anderson, "is a believer in his