|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
Bannister and McWilliams.
"Both in the same boat. Did y'u see how Mac ran to help him
to-day? Both waddies. Both rustlers. Both train robbers. Sho! I
got through putting a padlock on me mouth. Man to man, I'm as
good as either of them--damn sight better. I wisht they was here,
one or both; I wisht they would step up here and fight it out.
Bannister's a false alarm, and that foreman of the Lazy D--" His
tongue stumbled over a blur of vilification that ended with a
foul mention of Miss Messiter.
Instantly two chairs crashed to the floor. Two pair of gray eyes
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott:
changed the conversation, nor did he again permit the same topic
to be introduced. His guest departed, without having brought the
wily old statesman the length of committing himself, or of
pledging himself to any future line of conduct, but with the
certainty that he had alarmed his fears in a most sensible point,
and laid a foundation for future and farther treaty.
When he rendered an account of his negotiation to the Marquis,
they both agreed that the Keeper ought not to be
permitted to relapse into security, and that he should be plied
with new subjects of alarm, especially during the absence of his
lady. They were well aware that her proud, vindictive, and
The Bride of Lammermoor
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moran of the Lady Letty by Frank Norris:
than a sailor. He had already been studying the schooner through
his front window and had recognized her, and at once asked Wilbur
news of Captain Kitchell. Wilbur told him as much of his story as
was necessary, but from the captain's talk he gathered that the
news of his return had long since been wired from Coronado, and
that it would be impossible to avoid a nine days' notoriety. The
captain of the station (his name was Hodgson) made Wilbur royally
welcome, insisted upon his dining with him, and himself called up
Langley & Michaels as soon as the meal was over.
It was he who offered the only plausible solution of the mystery
of the lifting and shaking of the schooner and the wrecking of the