|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
cried Mac. "And now, just let me arrum be, jewel, and get the
"I'm as anxious as yourself, Mac," returned Wicks; "but there's
not wind enough to swear by. So let's see your arm, and no
The arm was set and splinted; the body of Brown fetched from
the forepeak, where it lay still and cold, and committed to the
waters of the lagoon; and the washing of the cabin rudely
finished. All these were done ere midday; and it was past three
when the first cat's-paw ruffled the lagoon, and the wind came
in a dry squall, which presently sobered to a steady breeze.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Edition of The Ambassadors by Henry James:
had expected still more of her freedom. But he went straight on.
"Is that what Chad has told you will happen to me?"
She was evidently charmed with the way he took it. "If you mean if
we've talked of it--most certainly. And the question's not what has
had least to do with my wishing to see you."
"To judge if I'm the sort of man a woman CAN--?"
"Precisely," she exclaimed--"you wonderful gentleman! I do judge--I
HAVE judged. A woman can't. You're safe--with every right to be.
You'd be much happier if you'd only believe it."
Strether was silent a little; then he found himself speaking with a
cynicism of confidence of which even at the moment the sources were
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane:
insignificant coffin, his small waxen hand clutching a flower that
the girl, Maggie, had stolen from an Italian.
She and Jimmie lived.
The inexperienced fibres of the boy's eyes were hardened at an
early age. He became a young man of leather. He lived some red
years without laboring. During that time his sneer became chronic.
He studied human nature in the gutter, and found it no worse than
he thought he had reason to believe it. He never conceived a
respect for the world, because he had begun with no idols that it
He clad his soul in armor by means of happening hilariously in
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets