|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad:
We trotted again. "A young patient of
yours," I said; and the doctor, flicking the chest-
nut absently, muttered, "Her husband used to be."
"She seems a dull creature," I remarked list-
"Precisely," said Kennedy. "She is very pas-
sive. It's enough to look at the red hands hanging
at the end of those short arms, at those slow, prom-
inent brown eyes, to know the inertness of her mind
--an inertness that one would think made it ever-
lastingly safe from all the surprises of imagina-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dreams by Olive Schreiner:
And he cried, "My brothers and my sisters, let us pray."
And all the men and women answered, "Let us pray."
He cried, "For this fair banquet-house we thank thee, Lord."
And all the men and women said "We thank thee, Lord."
"Thine is this house, dear Lord."
"Thine is this house."
"For us hast thou made it."
"Oh, fill our jars with wine, dear Lord."
"Our jars with wine."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
of Chatham County, Kentucky.
Bridger, the United States consul at Ratona, was clean-
ing his rifle in the official shanty under a bread-fruit tree
twenty yards from the water of the harbour. The consul
occupied a place somewhat near the tail of his political
party's procession. The music of the band wagon
sounded very faintly to him in the distance. The plums
of office went to others. Bridger's share of the spoils --
the consulship at Ratona -- was little more than a prune
-- a dried prune from the boarding-house department
of the public crib. But $900 yearly was opulence in