|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
Under any other circumstances I would not have held on a minute longer.
The second mate had followed me anxiously.
I looked on till I felt I could command my voice.
"She will weather," I said then in a quiet tone.
"Are you going to try that, sir?" he stammered out incredulously.
I took no notice of him and raised my tone just enough to be heard
by the helmsman.
"Keep her good full."
"Good full, sir."
The wind fanned my cheek, the sails slept, the world was silent.
The strain of watching the dark loom of the land grow bigger and denser
The Secret Sharer
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
he would die before he hit the trail again; so Passuk took a fur
robe, and I a cooking pot and an axe, and we made ready to go.
But she looked on the man's portion, and said, 'It is wrong to
waste good food on a baby. He is better dead.' I shook my head
and said no--that a comrade once was a comrade always. Then she
spoke of the men of Forty Mile; that they were many men and good;
and that they looked to me for grub in the spring. But when I
still said no, she snatched the pistol from my belt, quick, and as
our brother Bettles has spoken, Long Jeff went to the bosom of
Abraham before his time. I chided Passuk for this; but she showed
no sorrow, nor was she sorrowful. And in my heart I knew she was
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The War in the Air by H. G. Wells:
the bursting of bombs in Wall Street and the City Hall. New York
as a whole could do nothing, could understand nothing. New York
in the darkness peered and listened to these distant sounds until
presently they died away as suddenly as they had begun. "What
could be happening?" They asked it in vain.
A long, vague period intervened, and people looking out of the
windows of upper rooms discovered the dark hulls of German
airships, gliding slowly and noiselessly, quite close at hand.
Then quietly the electric lights came on again, and an uproar of
nocturnal newsvendors began in the streets.
The units of that vast and varied population bought and learnt