|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
for the close-in work of the thag-hunt. I could not keep
in front of a charging thag long enough to give the
killer time to do his work. I learned that the first--
and last--time I tried it.
Once astride the bull's neck, I drew my long stone
knife and, setting the point carefully over the brute's
spine, drove it home with both hands. At the same in-
stant I leaped clear of the stumbling animal. Now, no
vertebrate can progress far with a knife through his
spine, and the thag is no exception to the rule.
The fellow was down instantly. As he wallowed
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
meeting at the Beauforts'. The sport, which had hitherto
known no rival but croquet, was beginning to be
discarded in favour of lawn-tennis; but the latter game
was still considered too rough and inelegant for social
occasions, and as an opportunity to show off pretty
dresses and graceful attitudes the bow and arrow held
Archer looked down with wonder at the familiar
spectacle. It surprised him that life should be going on
in the old way when his own reactions to it had so
completely changed. It was Newport that had first
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
Jim put a hand on my arm.
"Ken, you shore was lucky; you shore was."
"I guess he doesn't know how lucky," added Dick, somewhat huskily. "Come
on, we'll look up the Mexican."
"It shore is funny how bad I want to see thet Greaser."
Dick's hard look and tone were threatening enough, yet they did not affect
me so much as the easy, gay manner of the Texan. Little cold quivers ran
over me, and my knees knocked together. For the moment my animosity toward
the Mexican vanished, and with it the old hunger to be in the thick of Wild
Western life. I was afraid that I was going to see a man killed without
being able to lift a hand to prevent it.
The Young Forester