|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Jolly Corner by Henry James:
the very form toward which, for so many days, the passion of his
curiosity had yearned. It gloomed, it loomed, it was something, it
was somebody, the prodigy of a personal presence.
Rigid and conscious, spectral yet human, a man of his own substance
and stature waited there to measure himself with his power to
dismay. This only could it be - this only till he recognised, with
his advance, that what made the face dim was the pair of raised
hands that covered it and in which, so far from being offered in
defiance, it was buried, as for dark deprecation. So Brydon,
before him, took him in; with every fact of him now, in the higher
light, hard and acute - his planted stillness, his vivid truth, his
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy:
Alpatych with a melancholy smile, "as it is not convenient in the
presence of...?" He pointed to the two peasants who kept as close to
him as horseflies to a horse.
"Ah!... Alpatych... Ah, Yakov Alpatych... Grand! Forgive us for
Christ's sake, eh?" said the peasants, smiling joyfully at him.
Rostov looked at the tipsy peasants and smiled.
"Or perhaps they amuse your honor?" remarked Alpatych with a staid
air, as he pointed at the old men with his free hand.
"No, there's not much to be amused at here," said Rostov, and rode
on a little way. "What's the matter?" he asked.
"I make bold to inform your honor that the rude peasants here
War and Peace
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
bitten by rattle-snakes and received no harm
excepting the ordinary pain of the wound.
After years of investigation I have come to the
belief that this immunity was the result of an
absolutely empty stomach, into which a large
quantity of milk was taken shortly after the
wound was inflicted, the theory being that the
virus acts directly on the contents of the
stomach, changing it to a deadly poison.
It was Thardo's custom to give weekly
demonstrations of this power, to which the
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods