|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
of society down to those two beings in whom all the material
things of civilization end, the sewer-man who sweeps up the mud,
and the ragpicker who collects scraps.
The "principal lodger" of Jean Valjean's day was dead and had been
replaced by another exactly like her. I know not what philosopher
has said: "Old women are never lacking."
This new old woman was named Madame Bourgon, and had nothing
remarkable about her life except a dynasty of three paroquets,
who had reigned in succession over her soul.
The most miserable of those who inhabited the hovel were a family
of four persons, consisting of father, mother, and two daughters,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
to awaken a sleepwalker.
Marie hid her face on his arm. "Don't ask
me anything more. I don't know anything
except how miserable I am. And I thought it
would be all right when you came back. Oh,
Emil," she clutched his sleeve and began to
cry, "what am I to do if you don't go away? I
can't go, and one of us must. Can't you see?"
Emil stood looking down at her, holding his
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling:
the Bat when he disturbed him in the branches at midday; and how
to warn the water-snakes in the pools before he splashed down
among them. None of the Jungle People like being disturbed, and
all are very ready to fly at an intruder. Then, too, Mowgli was
taught the Strangers' Hunting Call, which must be repeated aloud
till it is answered, whenever one of the Jungle-People hunts
outside his own grounds. It means, translated, "Give me leave to
hunt here because I am hungry." And the answer is, "Hunt then for
food, but not for pleasure."
All this will show you how much Mowgli had to learn by heart,
and he grew very tired of saying the same thing over a hundred
The Jungle Book