|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain:
The duke never said nothing for a little bit; then he
"Well, I don't care if I DID, I didn't DO it, anyway.
But you not only had it in mind to do it, but you
"I wisht I never die if I done it, duke, and that's
honest. I won't say I warn't goin' to do it, because I
WAS; but you -- I mean somebody -- got in ahead o'
"It's a lie! You done it, and you got to SAY you
done it, or --"
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
Of us two, which is the stronger, the young maiden or the
I bowed, and passing by him, entered a vestibule or kitchen,
lit by a good fire and a shaded reading-lamp. It was
furnished only with a dresser, a rude table, and some wooden
benches; and on one of these the doctor motioned me to take a
seat; and passing by another door into the interior of the
house, he left me to myself. Presently I heard the jar of
iron from the far end of the building; and this was followed
by the same throbbing noise that had startled me in the
valley, but now so near at hand as to be menacing by
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Daughter of Eve by Honore de Balzac:
if you choose to be the good girl that you are."
"Try that on others than Florine, my little man. I am certain that
Nathan has never been in love with any one but me."
"On the contrary, he has been in love with a woman in society for over
"A woman in society, he!" cried Florine. "I don't trouble myself about
such nonsense as that."
"Well, do you want me to make him come and tell you that he will not
take you home from here to-night."
"If you can make him tell me that," said Florine, "I'll take YOU home,
and we'll look for those letters, which I shall believe in when I see