|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
I was in the house for a week. Much of that time I spent in
composing and destroying letters of thanks to Miss West, and in
growling at the doctor. McKnight dropped in daily, but he was less
cheerful than usual. Now and then I caught him eying me as if he
had something to say, but whatever it was he kept it to himself.
Once during the week he went to Baltimore and saw the woman in the
hospital there. From the description I had little difficulty in
recognizing the young woman who had been with the murdered man in
Pittsburg. But she was still unconscious. An elderly aunt had
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac:
they had severally wished for. Cesarine undressed her mother before a
toilet-table of white marble with a long mirror. Cesar had given
himself a few superfluities, and longed to make use of them at once:
and they all went to sleep thinking of the joys of the morrow.
On that morrow Cesarine and her mother, having been to Mass, and
having read their vespers, dressed about four o'clock in the
afternoon, after resigning the /entresol/ to the secular arm of Chevet
and his people. No attire ever suited Madame Cesar better than this
cherry-colored velvet dress with lace trimmings, and short sleeves
made with jockeys: her beautiful arms, still fresh and youthful, her
bosom, sparklingly white, her throat and shoulders of a lovely shape,
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Finished by H. Rider Haggard:
my friends who were in my charge, and for aught I knew, giving
them to death. Surely the world would be well rid of him.
"Have your will," I shouted and covered him with the pistol.
Then there came into my mind a certain saying--"Judge not that ye
be not judged." Who and what was I that I should dare to arraign
and pass sentence upon this man who after all had suffered many
wrongs? As I was about to fire I caught sight of some bright
object flashing towards the king from above, and instantaneously
shifted my aim and pressed the trigger. The thing, whatever it
might be, flew in two. One part of it fell upon Zikali, the
other part travelled on and struck Cetewayo upon the knee.