|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Hermione's Little Group of Serious Thinkers by Don Marquis:
one doesn't hear nearly so much about them now,
though everyone admitted there was an Idea be-
Of course, no one knew what the Idea MEANT.
But it was stimulating.
And why should an Idea have to MEAN anything
if it is STIMULATING?
Stimulation! Stimulation! That is the secret
of Modern Life!
One should be receptive to Stimulation -- one
should strive to Stimulate!
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Contrast by Royall Tyler:
act, just like him. Besides, my dear, he is a married
Why, that was good-natured--he told you so, I sup-
pose, in mere charity, to prevent you falling in love
He didn't tell me so; [peevishly] he looked as if he
How, my dear; did he look sheepish?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
whenever a glass confronted him: a tired middle-aged man,
baffled, beaten, worn out.
As he summed himself up thus for the third or fourth time the
door opened and he turned with a thrill of relief to greet his
guest. But it was only the man-servant who entered, advancing
silently over the mossy surface of the old Turkey rug.
"Mr. Ascham telephones, sir, to say he's unexpectedly detained
and can't be here till eight-thirty."
Granice made a curt gesture of annoyance. It was becoming harder
and harder for him to control these reflexes. He turned on his
heel, tossing to the servant over his shoulder: "Very good. Put