|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott:
which, instead of boasting deep green tapestry, enamelled with
daisies and with crowsfoot and cowslips, showed an extent of
nakedness, raked, indeed, and levelled, but where the sown
grasses had failed with drought, and the earth, retaining its
natural complexion, seemed nearly as brown and bare as when it
was newly dug up.
The house was a large fabric, which pretended to its name of
Castle only from the front windows being finished in acute Gothic
arches (being, by the way, the very reverse of the castellated
style), and each angle graced with a turret about the size of a
pepper-box. In every other respect it resembled a large town-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
poor M. Fouquet is inevitable. Pride will induce him to
furnish the money, and when he has no more, he will fall."
"It is true," said the marquise, trembling; "the plan is a
bold one; but tell me, does M. Colbert hate M. Fouquet so
"I think he does not like him. M. Colbert is powerful; he
improves on close acquaintance, he has gigantic ideas, a
strong will, and discretion, he will rise."
"He will be superintendent?"
"It is probable. Such is the reason, my dear marquise, why I
felt myself impressed in favor of that poor man, who once
Ten Years Later
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
Times-Republican and to the night editor's desk.
"Hello, Bassett," said that gentleman. "We thought you were dead.
Well, how about the sister in California? It was the Clark story,
"Yes," said Bassett, noncommittally.
"And it blew up on you! Well, there were others who were fooled,
too. You had a holiday, anyhow."
"Yes, I had a holiday," said Bassett, and going over to his own
desk began to sort his vast accumulation of mail. Sometime later
he found the night editor at his elbow.
"Did you get anything on the Clark business at all?" he asked.
The Breaking Point