|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
the penitentiary once!"
"He used to be district attorney," said Goree care-
lessly. "And, by the way, he's a first-class shot."
"I kin hit a squirrel's eye at a hundred yard," said
Garvey. "So that thar's Coltrane! I made a better
trade than I was thinkin'. I'll take keer ov this feud,
Mr. Goree, better'n you ever did!"
He moved toward the door, but lingered there, betray-
ing a slight perplexity.
"Anything else to-day?" inquired Goree with frothy
sarcasm. "Any family traditions, ancestral ghosts, or
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson:
had lost a stick or made a bargain, but hopeful on the whole, and
in the meanwhile highly consoled by the boat-whistle. Whereupon he
would tear himself away from this particular group of inquirers,
and once more we would hear the shrill call in our wake.
AUGUST 27. - I made a more extended circuit in the vale with
Brother Michel. We were mounted on a pair of sober nags, suitable
to these rude paths; the weather was exquisite, and the company in
which I found myself no less agreeable than the scenes through
which I passed. We mounted at first by a steep grade along the
summit of one of those twisted spurs that, from a distance, mark
out provinces of sun and shade upon the mountain-side. The ground
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:
Vivian is not at fault. She is only too lovely, too wise,
too good! It is you and I that are at fault--horribly at fault!
You see I admit it, and you don't. I never dreamed that I should
live to say such things as this to you; but I never dreamed you
would do what you have done! It 's horrible, most horrible,
that such a difference as this should come between two men
who believed themselves--or whom I believed, at least--
the best friends in the world. For it is a difference--it 's
a great gulf, and nothing will ever fill it up. I must say so;
I can't help it. You know I don't express myself easily;
so, if I break out this way, you may know what I feel.