|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
German ground - here was an atrocity! The day before his own
relief, November 11th, Becker ordered the man's instant removal.
By his aggressive carriage and singular mixture of violence and
cunning, he had already largely brought about the fall of Brandeis,
and forced into an attitude of hostility the whole non-German
population of the islands. Now, in his last hour of office, by
this wanton buffet to his English colleague, he prepared a
continuance of evil days for his successor. If the object of
diplomacy be the organisation of failure in the midst of hate, he
was a great diplomatist. And amongst a certain party on the beach
he is still named as the ideal consul.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
Barker's face. "Doc," said he, "ain't I young to have my nerve quit me
His Excellency broke into his broad smile.
"I know I've racketed some, but ain't it ruther early?" pursued McLean,
"You six-foot infant!" said Barker. "Look at your hand."
Lin stared at it--the fingers quivering and bloody, and the skin grooved
raw between them. That was the buckle of her belt, which in the struggle
had worked round and been held by him unknowingly. Both his wrists and
his shirt were ribbed with the pink of her sashes. He looked over at the
bed where lay the woman heavily breathing. It was a something, a sound,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain:
And she must have sea-air. So we took a man-of-
war, and a suite of two hundred and sixty persons, and
went cruising about, and after a fortnight of this we
stepped ashore on the French coast, and the doctors
thought it would be a good idea to make something of
a stay there. The little king of that region offered us
his hospitalities, and we were glad to accept. If he
had had as many conveniences as he lacked, we should
have been plenty comfortable enough; even as it was,
we made out very well, in his queer old castle, by the
help of comforts and luxuries from the ship.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court