|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
What followed, I shall never positively know. It
may have been wholly an hallucination from the shock caused at
that instant by the sudden and complete destruction of the building
in a cataclysm of German shell-fire -- who can gainsay it, since
West and I were the only proved survivors? West liked to think
that before his recent disappearance, but there were times when
he could not; for it was queer that we both had the same hallucination.
The hideous occurrence itself was very simple, notable only for
what it implied.
The body on the table had risen with a blind
Herbert West: Reanimator
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Witch, et. al by Anton Chekhov:
and over his shoulder he had hung an overcoat, also new, without
putting his arms into the sleeves.
After crossing himself sedately before the ikon, he greeted his
father and gave him ten silver roubles and ten half-roubles; to
Varvara he gave as much, and to Aksinya twenty quarter-roubles.
The chief charm of the present lay in the fact that all the
coins, as though carefully matched, were new and glittered in the
sun. Trying to seem grave and sedate he pursed up his face and
puffed out his cheeks, and he smelt of spirits. Probably he had
visited the refreshment bar at every station. And again there was
a free-and-easiness about the man -- something superfluous and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Snow Image by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
light which alone could have suited its expression; it was that
of a fiend on the verge of plunging into his gulf of intensest
"O Mother Earth," cried he, "who art no more my Mother, and into
whose bosom this frame shall never be resolved! O mankind, whose
brotherhood I have cast off, and trampled thy great heart beneath
my feet! O stars of heaven, that shone on me of old, as if to
light me onward and upward!--farewell all, and forever. Come,
deadly element of Fire,-henceforth my familiar friend! Embrace
me, as I do thee! "
That night the sound of a fearful peal of laughter rolled heavily
The Snow Image