|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
rior. He chafed beneath his censure.
"You are always scolding me," he cried irritably. "I am
getting tired of it. And now you threaten me. Do you call
that loyalty? Do you call it loyalty to refuse to compel your
daughter to keep her plighted troth? If you wish to prove
your loyalty command the Princess Emma to fulfil the prom-
ise you made my father--command her to wed me at once."
Von der Tann looked the king straight in the eyes.
"I cannot do that," he said. "She has told me that she will
kill herself rather than wed with your majesty. She is all I
have left, sire. What good would be accomplished by rob-
The Mad King
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
and was lying down in my straw fast asleep, when I was suddenly roused
by the stable bell ringing very loud. I heard the door of John's house open,
and his feet running up to the hall. He was back again in no time;
he unlocked the stable door, and came in, calling out, "Wake up, Beauty!
You must go well now, if ever you did;" and almost before I could think
he had got the saddle on my back and the bridle on my head.
He just ran round for his coat, and then took me at a quick trot
up to the hall door. The squire stood there, with a lamp in his hand.
"Now, John," he said, "ride for your life -- that is,
for your mistress' life; there is not a moment to lose.
Give this note to Dr. White; give your horse a rest at the inn,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis:
patiently, he scraped linty grease from the drip-pan, gouged at the mud caked
on the wheels. He used up many minutes in washing his hands; scoured them with
gritty kitchen soap; rejoiced in hurting his plump knuckles. "Damn soft
hands--like a woman's. Aah!"
At dinner, when his wife began the inevitable, he bellowed, "I forbid any of
you to say a word about Paul! I'll 'tend to all the talking about this that's
necessary, hear me? There's going to be one house in this scandal-mongering
town to-night that isn't going to spring the holier-than-thou. And throw those
filthy evening papers out of the house!"
But he himself read the papers, after dinner.
Before nine he set out for the house of Lawyer Maxwell. He was received