|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
men entered, one wearing a Lowland dress, of shamoy leather worn
almost to tatters; the other a tall upright old Highlander, of a
complexion which might be termed iron-grey, wasted and worn by
frost and tempest.
"What may be your commands with me, my friends?" said the
Marquis, his hand almost unconsciously seeking the but of one of
his pistols; for the period, as well as the time of night,
warranted suspicions which the good mien of his visitors was not
by any means calculated to remove.
"I pray leave to congratulate you," said the Lowlander, "my most
noble General, and right honourable lord, upon the great battles
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
As roars the angry mob;
He feels the solid building quake,
The trusty timbers throb.
All night beside the fire he cowers:
He hears the rafters jar:
O why is he not in a proper house
As decent people are!
The floors are all aslant, he sees,
The doors are all a-jam;
And from the hook above his head
All crooked swings the ham.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Nana, Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille by Emile Zola:
it so? Besides, they weren't overworked--it was comfortable in the
kitchen. And as hearts were out, Mme Lerat threw down diamonds.
The bell began aga in
her small gloved hands.
It was too late now--Mme Lerat would not go to Rambouillet till
tomorrow, and Nana entered into long explanations.
"There's company waiting for you," the lady's maid repeated.
But Nana grew excited again. The company might wait: she'd go to
them all in good time when she'd finished. And as her aunt began
putting her hand out for the money:
"Ah no! Not all of it," she said. "Three hundred francs for the