|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
gigantic tree whose branches spread over every part of the
empire. The Volga forms the trunk of this tree, and it
has for roots seventy mouths opening into the Caspian Sea.
It is navigable as far as Rjef, a town in the government of
Tver, that is, along the greater part of its course.
The steamboats plying between Perm and Nijni-Nov-
gorod rapidly perform the two hundred and fifty miles
which separate this town from the town of Kasan. It is
true that these boats have only to descend the Volga, which
adds nearly two miles of current per hour to their own
speed; but on arriving at the confluence of the Kama, a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:
He was being looked at by a dead man who
was seated with his back against a columnlike
tree. The corpse was dressed in a uniform that
once had been blue, but was now faded to a mel-
ancholy shade of green. The eyes, staring at the
youth, had changed to the dull hue to be seen on
the side of a dead fish. The mouth was open.
Its red had changed to an appalling yellow.
Over the gray skin of the face ran little ants.
One was trundling some sort of a bundle along
the upper lip.
The Red Badge of Courage
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Book of Remarkable Criminals by H. B. Irving:
"Never," said Mr. Lockwood, "in the whole course of his
experience--and he defied any of his learned friends to quote an
experience--had there been such an attempt made on the part of
those who should be most careful of all others to preserve the
liberties of their fellowmen and to preserve the dignity of
the tribunals of justice to determine the guilt of a man." Peace
exclaimed "Hear, hear!" as Mr. Lockwood went on to say that "for
the sake of snatching paltry pence from the public, these persons
had wickedly sought to prejudice the prisoner's life." Allowing
for Mr. Lockwood's zeal as an advocate, there can be no question
that, had Peace chosen or been in a position to take proceedings,
A Book of Remarkable Criminals