|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
Ferdinand is a stocky little fellow, a "sawed off" man, not more
than five feet two inches tall, but every inch of him is pure vim.
He can carry a big canoe or a hundred-weight of camp stuff over a
mile portage without stopping to take breath. He is a capital
canoe-man, with prudence enough to balance his courage, and a fair
cook, with plenty of that quality which is wanting in the ordinary
cook of commerce--good humour. Always joking, whistling, singing,
he brings the atmosphere of a perpetual holiday along with him.
His weather-worn coat covers a heart full of music. He has two
talents which make him a marked man among his comrades. He plays
the fiddle to the delight of all the balls and weddings through the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Bronte Sisters:
between both his; but I snatched it away, in indignation - almost
in disgust, for he was obviously affected with wine.
'Then I must go down on my knees,' said he; and kneeling before me,
with clasped hands, uplifted in mock humiliation, he continued
imploringly - 'Forgive me, Helen - dear Helen, forgive me, and I'll
never do it again!' and, burying his face in his handkerchief, he
affected to sob aloud.
Leaving him thus employed, I took my candle, and, slipping quietly
from the room, hastened up-stairs as fast as I could. But he soon
discovered that I had left him, and, rushing up after me, caught me
in his arms, just as I had entered the chamber, and was about to
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Danny's Own Story by Don Marquis:
William Dear looks at me like it was the day of
judgment and his job was to keep the fatted calves
separate from the goats and prodigals, and he says:
"If I were you, Aunt Estelle, the first thing would
be to get his hair cut and his face washed and then
get him some clothes."
"William Dear is my friend," thinks I.
She calls James, which was a butler. James,
he buttles me into a bathroom the like o' which
I never seen afore, and then he buttles me into a
suit o' somebody's clothes and into a room at the