|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
Whatever Dick's reply was it got drowned in Herky-Jerky's long explosion of
strange language. Herky was plainly glad I had not been badly hurt. I had
already heard mirth, anger, disgust, and fear in his outbreaks, and now
relief was added. He stripped off my coat, cut off the bloody sleeve of my
shirt, and washed the wound. It was painful and bled freely, but it was not
much worse than cuts from spikes when playing ball. Herky bound it tightly
with a strip of my shirt-sleeve, and over that my handkerchief.
"Thar, kid, thet'll stiffen up an' be sore fer a day or two, but it ain't
nothin'. You'll soon be bouncin' clubs offen our heads."
It was plain that Herky--and the others, for that matter, except Buell--
thought more of me because I had wielded a club so vigorously.
The Young Forester
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Red Inn by Honore de Balzac:
his thoughts. He believed himself both innocent and guilty.
Remembering the horrible temptation which he had had the strength to
resist, he feared he might have done in sleep, in a fit of
somnambulism, the crime he had dreamed of awake.
"But your companion?" I said to him.
"Oh!" he cried eagerly. "Wilhelm is incapable of--"
He did not even finish his sentence. At that warm defence, so full of
youth and manly virtue, I pressed his hand.
"When he woke," continued Prosper, "he must have been terrified and
lost his head; no doubt he fled."
"Without awaking you?" I said. "Then surely your defence is easy;
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:
They perceived that they were free. The
depleted band drew a long breath of relief
and gathered itself into a bunch to complete
In this last length of journey the men began
to show strange emotions. They hurried with
nervous fear. Some who had been dark and un-
faltering in the grimmest moments now could not
conceal an anxiety that made them frantic. It
was perhaps that they dreaded to be killed in
insignificant ways after the times for proper
The Red Badge of Courage