|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
seized the doctor's wrist with unconscious violence.
"All right," said the doctor. "Let's make a bargain. You
swallow down this draught, and I'll go and fetch Wicks."
And he gave the wretched man an opiate that laid him out
within ten minutes and in all likelihood preserved his reason.
It was the doctor's next business to attend to Mac; and he found
occasion, while engaged upon his arm, to make the man repeat
the names of the rescued crew. It was now the turn of the
captain, and there is no doubt he was no longer the man that
we have seen; sudden relief, the sense of perfect safety, a
square meal and a good glass of grog, had all combined to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
that your business investments undoubtedly have conferred upon you.
But I must ask you to cease your jibes and derogatory comments upon
the South and the Southern people. They, sir, will not be tolerated
in the office of The Rose of Dixie for one moment. And before you
proceed with more of your covert insinuations that I, the editor of
this magazine, am not a competent judge of the merits of the matter
submitted to its consideration, I beg that you will first present some
evidence or proof that you are my superior in any way, shape, or form
relative to the question in hand."
"Oh, come, Colonel," said Thacker, good-naturedly. "I didn't do
anything like that to you. It sounds like an indictment by the fourth
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbot:
Then, sitting down by his side and taking our mathematical tablets,
-- or, as you would call them, Lines -- I told him we would resume
the lesson of yesterday. I taught him once more how a Point by motion
in One Dimension produces a Line, and how a straight Line
in Two Dimensions produces a Square. After this, forcing a laugh,
I said, "And now, you scamp, you wanted to make me believe
that a Square may in the same way by motion 'Upward, not Northward'
produce another figure, a sort of extra Square in Three Dimensions.
Say that again, you young rascal."
At this moment we heard once more the herald's "O yes! O yes!"
outside in the street proclaiming the Resolution of the Council.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions