|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson:
with the best speed of oars, he crossed himself devoutly, and
recommended to Heaven the lives of all who should adventure on the
At the landing-creek there had already gathered about a dozen of
the outlaws. To these the skiff was left, and they were bidden
embark without delay.
A little further up the beach Dick found Lord Foxham hurrying in
quest of him, his face concealed with a dark hood, and his bright
armour covered by a long russet mantle of a poor appearance.
"Young Shelton," he said, "are ye for sea, then, truly?"
"My lord," replied Richard, "they lie about the house with
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen:
Mr. and Mrs. Morland never did--they had been too kind
to exact any promise; and whenever Catherine received
a letter, as, at that time, happened pretty often,
they always looked another way.
The anxiety, which in this state of their attachment
must be the portion of Henry and Catherine, and of all
who loved either, as to its final event, can hardly extend,
I fear, to the bosom of my readers, who will see
in the tell-tale compression of the pages before them,
that we are all hastening together to perfect felicity.
The means by which their early marriage was effected can
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
carelessly over the flinty steps, which my brothers traversed
with shout and bound. I remember the suppressed bitterness of
the moment, and, conscious of my own inferiority, the feeling of
envy with which I regarded the easy movements and elastic steps
of my more happily formed brethren. Alas! these goodly barks
have all perished on life's wide ocean, and only that which
seemed so little seaworthy, as the naval phrase goes, has reached
the port when the tempest is over. Then there is the pool,
where, manoeuvring our little navy, constructed out of the broad
water-flags, my elder brother fell in, and was scarce saved from
the watery element to die under Nelson's banner. There is the