|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
for the papers in connection with this new location.
They were brought, and heaped, a foot deep, upon his desk
-- field notes, statements, sketches, affidavits, connecting
lines-documents of every description that shrewdness
and money could call to the aid of Hamlin and Avery.
The firm was pressing the Commissioner to issue a
patent upon their location. They possesed inside infor-
mation concerning a new railroad that would probably
pass somewhere near this land.
The General Land Office was very still while the Com-
missioner was delving into the heart of the mass of evi-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
"I hope you won't forget that you are brave men."
"Never!" cried the general, slapping his gold-embroidered chest.
"Never!" cried all the other officers, indignantly slapping their chests.
"For my part," said the private, meekly, "I must obey my officers; so
when I am told to run, I run; and when I am told to fight, I fight."
"That is right," agreed the Tin Woodman. "And now you must all come
back to Ozma, and obey HER orders. And if you try to run away again I
will have her reduce all the twenty-six officers to privates, and make
the private your general."
This terrible threat so frightened them that they at once returned to
where Ozma was standing beside the Cowardly Lion.
Ozma of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
better! See now, a turn here, and it is done! Does it hurt, Paul?"
The man in the dressing chair squirmed and grinned sheepishly.
"The iodine," he explained. "It is painful."
"Then I shall ask you a question, and you will forget the iodine. Why
is a dead German like the tail of a pig?"
Paul failed. The room failed. Even Colonel Lilias confessed himself at
"Because it is the end of the swine," explained Henri, and looked about
him triumphantly. A gust of laughter spread through the room and even
to the kitchen. A door banged. Henri upset a chair. There was noise
again, and gayety in the little house of mercy. And much happiness.