|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
caution I was helpless. I made no attempt to inquire what kind of
spy they imagined I could be, what sort of rescue I could bring
in this lonely country; my too early appearance seemed to be all
that they looked at. And again my eyes sought the prisoners.
Certainly there were only two. One was chewing tobacco, and
talking now and then to his guard as if nothing were the matter.
The other sat dull in silence, not moving his eyes; but his face
worked, and I noticed how he continually moistened his dry lips.
As I looked at these doomed prisoners, whose fate I was invited
to sleep through to-morrow morning, the one who was chewing
quietly nodded to me.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
People thought--and they had reason to think from what had often
happened elsewhere--that though the dust might hurt the crops for
that year, it would make them richer in years to come, because it
would act as manure upon the soil; and so it did after a few
years; but it did terrible damage at the time, breaking off the
boughs of trees and covering up the crops; and in St. Vincent
itself whole estates were ruined. It was a frightful day, but I
know well that behind that How there was a Why for its happening,
and happening too, about that very time, which all who know the
history of negro slavery in the West Indies can guess for
themselves, and confess, I hope, that in this case, as in all
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker:
her cousin. There lies defeat. Let nothing take your attention
from Mimi, and you will win. If she is overcoming you, take my hand
and hold it hard whilst you are looking into her eyes. If she is
too strong for you, I shall interfere. I'll make a diversion, and
under cover of it you must retire unbeaten, even if not victorious.
Hush! they are coming."
The two girls came to the door together. Strange sounds were coming
up over the Brow from the west. It was the rustling and crackling
of the dry reeds and rushes from the low lands. The season had been
an unusually dry one. Also the strong east wind was helping forward
enormous flocks of birds, most of them pigeons with white cowls.
Lair of the White Worm