|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
You can point to all his errors and may sneer
at him the while,
And your prejudices fatten and your hates
more violent grow
As you talk about the failures of the man you
do not know,
But when drawn a little closer, and your hands
and shoulders touch,
You find the traits you hated really don't
amount to much.
A Heap O' Livin'
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from House of Mirth by Edith Wharton:
any rate he engaged Lily so long that the sweets were being
handed when she caught a phrase on her other side, where Miss
Corby, the comic woman of the company, was bantering Jack Stepney
on his approaching engagement. Miss Corby's role was
jocularity: she always entered the conversation with a
"And of course you'll have Sim Rosedale as best man!" Lily heard
her fling out as the climax of her prognostications; and Stepney
responded, as if struck: "Jove, that's an idea. What a thumping
present I'd get out of him!"
SIM ROSEDALE! The name, made more odious by its diminutive,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"Then why," put in Hotchkiss doubtfully, "why did he collapse when
he heard of the wreck? And what about the telephone message the
station agent sent? You remember they tried to countermand it, and
with some excitement."
"We will ask him those questions when we get him," McKnight said.
We were on the unrailed front porch by that time, and Hotchkiss had
put away his notebook. The mother of the twins followed us to the
"Dear me," she exclaimed volubly, "and to think I was forgetting to
tell you! I put the young man to bed with a spice poultice on his
ankle: my mother always was a firm believer in spice poultices.
The Man in Lower Ten