|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy:
"What, haven't you a watch, miss?" he inquired.
"I have not just at present -- I am about to get a
"No. You shall be given one. Yes -- you shall.
A gift, Miss Everdene -- a gift."
And before she knew what the young -- man was
intending, a heavy gold watch was in her hand.
"It is an unusually good one for a man like me to
possess." he quietly said. "That watch has a history.
Press the spring and open the back."
She did so.
Far From the Madding Crowd
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
"they don't much count, do they?"
I made the best of it, but I felt wan.
"It depends on what you call `much'!"
"Yes"--with all accommodation--"everything depends!"
On this, however, he faced to the window again and presently
reached it with his vague, restless, cogitating step.
He remained there awhile, with his forehead against the glass,
in contemplation of the stupid shrubs I knew and the dull
things of November. I had always my hypocrisy of "work,"
behind which, now, I gained the sofa. Steadying myself
with it there as I had repeatedly done at those moments
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
with a small portrait somewhat coarsely done in oils. It
showed a man in the dress of nearly forty years before, young
indeed, but still recognisable to be the doctor. 'Do you
like it?' he asked. 'That is myself when I was young. My -
my boy will be like that, like but nobler; with such health
as angels might condescend to envy; and a man of mind,
Asenath, of commanding mind. That should be a man, I think;
that should be one among ten thousand. A man like that - one
to combine the passions of youth with the restraint, the
force, the dignity of age - one to fill all the parts and
faculties, one to be man's epitome - say, will that not