|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy:
She then went away, entered the house, and lay down.
Later in the afternoon her grandfather returned.
He was about to question her categorically, but on looking
at her he withheld his words.
"Yes, it is too bad to talk of," she slowly returned
in answer to his glance. "Can my old room be got ready
for me tonight, Grandfather? I shall want to occupy
He did not ask what it all meant, or why she had left
her husband, but ordered the room to be prepared.
5 - An Old Move Inadvertently Repeated
Return of the Native
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Herodias by Gustave Flaubert:
half of my kingdom!"
Again the dancer paused; then, like a flash, she threw herself upon
the palms of her hands, while her feet rose straight up into the air.
In this bizarre pose she moved about upon the floor like a gigantic
beetle; then stood motionless.
The nape of her neck formed a right angle with her vertebrae. The full
silken skirts of pale hues that enveloped her limbs when she stood
erect, now fell to her shoulders and surrounded her face like a
rainbow. Her lips were tinted a deep crimson, her arched eyebrows were
black as jet, her glowing eyes had an almost terrible radiance; and
the tiny drops of perspiration on her forehead looked like dew upon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
military court, and the rags of Captain Hamilton's flag, had
combined to stir the people of the States to an unwonted fervour.
Germany was for the time the abhorred of nations. Germans in
America publicly disowned the country of their birth. In Honolulu,
so near the scene of action, German and American young men fell to
blows in the street. In the same city, from no traceable source,
and upon no possible authority, there arose a rumour of tragic news
to arrive by the next occasion, that the NIPSIC had opened fire on
the ADLER, and the ADLER had sunk her on the first reply.
Punctually on the day appointed, the news came; and the two
nations, instead of being plunged into war, could only mingle tears