|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf:
waiting for the man. There was always a chance. At any moment the
leader might arise; the man of genius, in politics as in anything else.
Probably he will be extremely disagreeable to us old fogies, thought Mr
Bankes, doing his best to make allowances, for he knew by some curious
physical sensation, as of nerves erect in his spine, that he was
jealous, for himself partly, partly more probably for his work, for his
point of view, for his science; and therefore he was not entirely open-
minded or altogether fair, for Mr Tansley seemed to be saying, You have
wasted your lives. You are all of you wrong. Poor old fogies, you're
hopelessly behind the times. He seemed to be rather cocksure, this
young man; and his manners were bad. But Mr Bankes bade himself
To the Lighthouse
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
grasp his throat with one hand and strike him a terrific blow
with the slack of my chain, which I gripped firmly in my
right hand for the purpose.
Nearer and nearer came the doomed man. Now I heard
him halt before me. There was a muttered exclamation, and
then a step as he came to my side. I felt him kneel beside me.
My grip tightened upon the chain. He leaned close to me.
I must open my eyes to find his throat, grasp it, and strike
one mighty final blow all at the same instant.
The thing worked just as I had planned. So brief was the
interval between the opening of my eyes and the fall of the
The Gods of Mars
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
to my weary haystack. But either way of it, I think we will leave your
gentry whistling on their thumbs."
"I believe there's some chance in it," said I. "Have on with ye,
CHAPTER XIII - GILLANE SANDS
I DID not profit by Alan's pilotage as he had done by his marchings
under General Cope; for I can scarce tell what way we went. It is my
excuse that we travelled exceeding fast. Some part we ran, some
trotted, and the rest walked at a vengeance of a pace. Twice, while we
were at top speed, we ran against country-folk; but though we plumped
into the first from round a corner, Alan was as ready as a loaded