|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Elizabeth and her German Garden by Marie Annette Beauchamp:
to the sodden leaves beneath, as it had done all through
the afternoons of all those past Novembers. This was the place,
this damp and gloomy tangle, that had specially belonged to me.
Nobody ever came to it, for in winter it was too dreary,
and in summer so full of mosquitoes that only a Backfisch
indifferent to spots could have borne it. But it was a place
where I could play unobserved, and where I could walk up
and down uninterrupted for hours, building castles in the air.
There was an unwholesome little arbour in one dark corner,
much frequented by the larger black slug, where I used
to pass glorious afternoons making plans. I was for ever
Elizabeth and her German Garden
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
not allowing a male servant to go near her. And she will not
permit the word Li to be spoken in her presence."
"And what does she do?" I asked. "How does she employ herself?"
"Studying, reading, painting, and embroidery. When young Li
refused to allow her to attend his father's funeral her sense of
self-respect was outraged and she cut off her hair and threatened
to commit suicide. She often fasts for a week, and has tried on
several occasions to take her own life."
I asked them if they did not fear that she might succeed finally
in this attempt to kill herself.
"Yes, we have constant apprehensions. But then, what if she did?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
trumpet - they called it the devil's ear-piece; and they said it left
round red witch-marks on people's skins, and dried up their
lights, and made 'em spit blood, and threw 'em into sweats.
Terrible things they said. You never heard such a noise. I took
advantage of it to cough.
'Rene and Jerry were standing with their backs to the pigsty.
Jerry fumbled in his big flap pockets and fished up a pair of pistols.
You ought to have seen the men give back when he cocked his.
He passed one to Rene.
'"Wait! Wait!" said Rene. "I will explain to the doctor if he
permits." He waved a trumpet at him, and the men at the gate