|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
"I intended to join you in your captivity. I was just trying to
persuade him. . . ."
"I forbid you absolutely," whispered Mr. Travers, forcibly. "I am
glad to get away. I don't want to see you again till your craze
She was confounded by his secret vehemence. But instantly
succeeding his fierce whisper came a short, inane society laugh
and a much louder, "Not that I attach any importance . . ."
He sprang away, as it were, from his wife, and as he went over
the gangway waved his hand to her amiably.
Lighted dimly by the lantern on the roof of the deckhouse Mrs.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories by Alice Dunbar:
an indescribable whiff of it in your inner senses, by the
half-eager, furtive glances that the small crowd cast at La
"Gar, gar, le bateau!" said one dark-tressed mother to the
wide-eyed baby. "Et, oui," she added, in an undertone to her
companion. "Voila, La Juanita!"
La Juanita, you must know, was the pride of Mandeville, the
adored, the admired of all, with her petite, half-Spanish,
half-French beauty. Whether rocking in the shade of the
Cherokee-rose-covered gallery of Grandpere Colomes' big house,
her fair face bonnet-shaded, her dainty hands gloved to keep the
The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber:
upstart. He's so much older, too. I--I hate to hurt him.
I wish you'd--"
But Fenger shook his head. "Slosson's due now. And he has
got to take his medicine. This is business, Miss Brandeis.
You ought to know what that means. For that matter, it may
be that you haven't hit upon an idea. In that case, Slosson
would have the laugh, wouldn't he?"
Slosson entered at that moment. And there was a chip on his
shoulder. It was evident in the way he bristled, in the way
he seated himself. His fingers drummed his knees. He was
like a testy, hum-ha stage father dealing with a willful