|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Finished by H. Rider Haggard:
move. So I slipped off again over its tail and we went on as
before. Meanwhile the Basutos, very active fellows, were coming
up. By this time the yellow-wood grove in the swamp, of which I
have already written, was close to us, and it became quite a
question which of us would get there first (I may mention that
Footsack & Co. had already attained its friendly shelter).
Anscombe kicked the horse with his sound heel and I thumped it
with my fist, thereby persuading it to a hand gallop.
As we reached the outlying trees of the wood the first Basuto, a
lank fellow with a mouth like a rat trap, arrived and threw an
assegai at us which passed between Anscombe's back and my nose.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
clear voices from which the veil of age and sorrow was lifted.
John Weightman joined in some of the songs--which were familiar
from their use in the church--at first with a touch of
and then more confidently. For as they went on his sense of
strangeness and fear at his new experience diminished, and his
began to take on their habitual assurance and complacency. Were
people going to the Celestial City? And was not he in his right
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
back. "They look beautifully light and feathery, I must say."
"Have one each, my dears," said cook in her comfortable voice. "Yer ma
Oh, impossible. Fancy cream puffs so soon after breakfast. The very idea
made one shudder. All the same, two minutes later Jose and Laura were
licking their fingers with that absorbed inward look that only comes from
"Let's go into the garden, out by the back way," suggested Laura. "I want
to see how the men are getting on with the marquee. They're such awfully
But the back door was blocked by cook, Sadie, Godber's man and Hans.