|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
All followed his example, and, amid the crash of glasses and the
shouts of the company, pledged themselves to stand or fall with
the principles and political interest which their toast
"You have leaped the ditch with a witness," said Ellieslaw, apart
to Mareschal; "but I believe it is all for the best; at all
events, we cannot now retreat from our undertaking. One man
alone" (looking at Ratcliffe) "has refused the pledge; but of
that by and by."
Then, rising up, he addressed the company in a style of
inflammatory invective against the government and its measures,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
that the bully, who was threatening him with all manner of evils,
began to enjoy himself. Chalkeye, returning from watering the
horses, got back in time to hear the intemperate fag-end of the
scolding. He glanced at Hughie, whose hands were trembling in
spite of him, and then darkly at the brute who was attacking him.
But he said not a word.
The meal proceeded in silence except for jeers and taunts of the
"King." For nobody cared to venture conversation which might
prove a match to a powder magazine. Whatever thoughts might be
each man kept them to himself.
"Coffee," snapped the single talker, toward end of breakfast.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers by Jonathan Swift:
and a man is looked upon by his neighbours as if he had been
seven years dead, and is buried alive in the midst of his friends
Now can any man of common sense think it consistent with the
honour of my profession, and not much beneath the dignity of a
philosopher, to stand bawling before his own door? ---- Alive!
Alive ho! The famous Dr. Partridge! No counterfeit, but all
alive! ---- As if I had the twelve celestial monsters of the
zodiac to shew within, or was forced for a livelihood to turn
retailer to May and Bartholomew Fairs. Therefore, if Her Majesty
would but graciously be pleased to think a hardship of this