|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
In spite of his iron nerve Isaac shuddered with horror. He had anticipated
running the gauntlet, having his nails pulled out, powder and salt shot into
his flesh, being scalped alive and a host of other Indian tortures, but as he
had killed no members of this tribe he had not thought of being burned alive.
God, it was too horrible!
The Indians were now quiet. Their songs and dances would break out soon
enough. They piled fagot after fagot round Isaac's feet. The Indian warrior
knelt on the ground the steel clicked on the flint; a little shower of sparks
dropped on the pieces of punk and then--a tiny flame shot up, and slender
little column of blue smoke floated on the air.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Youth by Joseph Conrad:
would part company as soon as I could. I wanted to
have my first command all to myself. I wasn't going to
sail in a squadron if there were a chance for independ-
ent cruising. I would make land by myself. I would
beat the other boats. Youth! All youth! The silly,
charming, beautiful youth.
"But we did not make a start at once. We must see
the last of the ship. And so the boats drifted about that
night, heaving and setting on the swell. The men dozed,
waked, sighed, groaned. I looked at the burning ship.
"Between the darkness of earth and heaven she was
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
Akamagaseki . A cemetery also was made close by, near the beach; and
within it were set up monuments inscribed with the names of the drowned
emperor and of his great vassals; and Buddhist services were regularly
performed there, on behalf of the spirits of them. After the temple had
been built, and the tombs erected, the Heike gave less trouble than before;
but they continued to do queer things at intervals,-- proving that they had
not found the perfect peace.
Some centuries ago there lived at Akamagaseki a blind man named Hoichi,
who was famed for his skill in recitation and in playing upon the biwa .
>From childhood he had been trained to recite and to play; and while yet a
lad he had surpassed his teachers. As a professional biwa-hoshi he became