|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Main Street by Sinclair Lewis:
entrancing horrors of the story. "Ma Bogart cussed her out all
morning, did she? Jumped her neck, eh? Ma certainly is
"Yes, you know how she is; so vicious."
"Oh no, her best style ain't her viciousness. What she pulls
in our store is to come in smiling with Christian Fortitude and
keep a clerk busy for one hour while she picks out half a dozen
fourpenny nails. I remember one time----"
"Sam!" Carol was uneasy. "You'll fight for Fern, won't
you? When Mrs. Bogart came to see you did she make definite
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
kind of an epigram with a dash of bitters and a slice
of - "
"Excuse me a minute," said Billy, "somebody's
punching the button at the side door."
He went away; came back with an empty tin
bucket; again vanished with it full; returned and
said to me:
"That was Mame. She rings twice. She likes a
glass of beer for supper. Her and the kid. If you
ever saw that little skeesicks of mine brace up in his
high chair and take his beer and - But, say, what
The Voice of the City
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
and gently, but earnestly.
"No point of honor is a barren one, dear," he said. "What the
man lying there may be matters nothing. It is not to him that I
have given my word, but to myself. In our hurried modern life we
are not punctilious enough about these things. Perhaps, in the
old days, the men and women were worse than we in many ways. But
they held to a few traditions, or the best of them did, that make
the loose and tawdry manners of this age seem cheap indeed. All
my life I have known that there was something shining and simple
and precious concealed from the common herd of men in this common
age, which the brighter spirits of the old days lived by and