|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lock and Key Library by Julian Hawthorne, Ed.:
was engaged to be married to a young farmer who had recently found
himself, by a rapid succession of deaths, sole heir to a great
brewer, whose wealth was known to be enormous.
At this moment Sophie entered bringing wine, and I saw Bourgonef
slowly turn his eyes upon her with a look which then was mysterious
to me, but which now spoke too plainly its dreadful meaning.
What is there in a look, you will say? Perhaps nothing; or it may
be everything. To my unsuspecting, unenlightened perception,
Bourgonef's gaze was simply the melancholy and half-curious gaze
which such a man might be supposed to cast upon a young woman who
had been made the topic of an interesting discourse. But to my
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Master Key by L. Frank Baum:
thicker every moment.
Women now came creeping from their hiding places and mingled with the
ranks of the men, and Rob guessed, from their joyous chattering, that
the Turks had regained the city and driven out or killed the Tatar
warriors. He reflected, gloomily, that this did not affect his own
position in any way, since he could not escape from the oasis.
Suddenly, on glancing at the crowd, Rob saw something that arrested
his attention. A young girl was fastening some article to the wrist
of a burly, villainous-looking Turk. The boy saw a glitter that
reminded him of the traveling machine, but immediately afterward the
man and the girl bent their heads over the fellow's wrist in such a
The Master Key
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
course, he has no settled position, but that can't be helped.
Please God, in time he will get one. He is of good family and
"Where did you learn that?"
"He told us so. His father has a large house in Harkov and an
estate in the neighbourhood. In short, Nikolay Stepanovitch, you
absolutely must go to Harkov."
"You will find out all about him there. . . . You know the
professors there; they will help you. I would go myself, but I am
a woman. I cannot. . . ."