|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Aspern Papers by Henry James:
"Well!" said Miss Tita, still with her strange look.
I did not know what to make of it, for it could scarcely mean that she wanted
to bargain like her aunt. She spoke as if she wished to make me a present.
"I can't take it from you as a gift," I said, "and yet I can't afford
to pay you for it according to the ideas Miss Bordereau had of its value.
She rated it at a thousand pounds."
"Couldn't we sell it?" asked Miss Tita.
"God forbid! I prefer the picture to the money."
"Well then keep it."
"You are very generous."
"So are you."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne:
over the judge seemed to go around with terrible rapidity.
"The first case," repeated Judge Obadiah.
"Phileas Fogg?" demanded Oysterpuff.
"I am here," replied Mr. Fogg.
"Present," responded Passepartout.
"Good," said the judge. "You have been looked for, prisoners,
for two days on the trains from Bombay."
"But of what are we accused?" asked Passepartout, impatiently.
"You are about to be informed."
"I am an English subject, sir," said Mr. Fogg, "and I have the right--"
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|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
solicitude and with self-reproach; he liked the excitement of
slight risks, but this was far too intense, the vibrations too
extreme. She, on the other hand, rode triumphant over waves of
passion which cowed him. He dared not exclude her; he dared
not continue to admit her; he dared not free himself; he could
not be happy. The privacy of the concealed stairway saved them
from outward dangers, but not from inward fears. Their
interviews were first blissful, then anxious, then sad, then
stormy. It was at the end of such a storm that Emilia had
passed into one of those deathly calms which belonged to her
physical temperament; and it was under these circumstances that