|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"let me see the letter."
The letter was written in an odd, upright hand and signed
"Edward Hyde": and it signified, briefly enough, that the writer's
benefactor, Dr. Jekyll, whom he had long so unworthily repaid for
a thousand generosities, need labour under no alarm for his
safety, as he had means of escape on which he placed a sure
dependence. The lawyer liked this letter well enough; it put a
better colour on the intimacy than he had looked for; and he
blamed himself for some of his past suspicions.
"Have you the envelope?" he asked.
"I burned it," replied Jekyll, "before I thought what I was
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
practical test that is, in a country where intellect and capital are
free. Beyond that, he is what he is, and wishes to be no more, save
what he can make himself. He has his rights, guaranteed by law and
public opinion; and as long as he stands within them, and (as he
well phrases it) behaves like a gentleman, he considers himself as
good as any man; and so he is. But under the bureaucratic Regime of
the Continent, if a man had not "something by command of the king,"
he was nothing; and something he naturally wished to be, even by
means of a Government which he disliked and despised. So in France,
where innumerable petty posts were regular articles of sale, anyone,
it seems, who had saved a little money, found it most profitable to
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Horse's Tale by Mark Twain:
think! And he said, 'Take Soldier Boy, and don't pass him back
till I ask for him!' and I can tell you he wouldn't have said that
to any other person on this planet. That was two months and more
ago, and nobody has been on my back since but the Corporal-General
Seventh Cavalry and Flag-Lieutenant of the Ninth Dragoons, U.S.A.,
- on whom be peace!"
"Amen. I listen - tell me more."
"She set to work and organized the Sixteen, and called it the First
Battalion Rocky Mountain Rangers, U.S.A., and she wanted to be
bugler, but they elected her Lieutenant-General and Bugler. So she
ranks her uncle the commandant, who is only a Brigadier. And