|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lock and Key Library by Julian Hawthorne, Ed.:
silenced house, and that Image of Peace on its threshold, I felt
that Hope met me at the door--Hope in the child's steadfast eyes,
Hope in the child's welcoming smile!
"I was at watch for you," whispered Amy. "All is well."
"She lives still--she lives! Thank God, thank God!"
"She lives--she will recover!" said another voice, as my head sunk
on Faber's shoulder. "For some hours in the night her sleep was
disturbed, convulsed. I feared, then, the worst. Suddenly, just
before the dawn, she called out aloud, still in sleep:
"'The cold and dark shadow has passed away from me and from Allen--
passed away from us both forever!'
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
had commenced a damnably rhythmical piping, as if in unison with
the last breaths of a dying man.
The building was full of a
frightful stench which Dr Armitage knew too well, and the three
men rushed across the hall to the small genealogical reading-room
whence the low whining came. For a second nobody dared to turn
on the light, then Armitage summoned up his courage and snapped
the switch. One of the three - it is not certain which - shrieked
aloud at what sprawled before them among disordered tables and
overturned chairs. Professor Rice declares that he wholly lost
consciousness for an instant, though he did not stumble or fall.
The Dunwich Horror
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) by Dante Alighieri:
Shall sit the soul (that is to be Augustus
On earth) of noble Henry, who shall come
To redress Italy ere she be ready.
Blind covetousness, that casts its spell upon you,
Has made you like unto the little child,
Who dies of hunger and drives off the nurse.
And in the sacred forum then shall be
A Prefect such, that openly or covert
On the same road he will not walk with him.
But long of God he will not be endured
In holy office; he shall be thrust down
The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)