|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
not supposing that the assistance of his boat was necessary to
carry the artificers off the rock, he anchored on the lee-side
and began to fish, waiting, as usual, till the letters were
sent for, as the pilot-boat was too large and unwieldy for
approaching the rock when there was any roughness or run of
the sea at the entrance of the landing creeks.
Upon this fortunate change of circumstances, sixteen of
the artificers were sent, at two trips, in one of the boats,
with instructions for Spink to proceed with them to the
floating light. This being accomplished, the remaining
sixteen followed in the two boats belonging to the service of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson:
forgotten d'Artagnan's ungentlemanly and perfectly improbable trick
upon Milady. What a pleasure it is, then, what a reward, and how
agreeable a lesson, to see the old captain humble himself to the
son of the man whom he had personated! Here, and throughout, if I
am to choose virtues for myself or my friends, let me choose the
virtues of d'Artagnan. I do not say there is no character as well
drawn in Shakespeare; I do say there is none that I love so wholly.
There are many spiritual eyes that seem to spy upon our actions -
eyes of the dead and the absent, whom we imagine to behold us in
our most private hours, and whom we fear and scruple to offend: our
witnesses and judges. And among these, even if you should think me
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed by Edna Ferber:
No answering cheer appeared upon my lunchless
features. "A prize-fighter at ten-thirty, and a prima
donna at twelve. What's the next choice morsel? An
aeronaut with another successful airship? or a cash girl
who has inherited a million?"
Norberg's plump cheeks dimpled. "Neither. This time
it is a nice German old maid."
"Eloped with the coachman, no doubt?"
"I said a nice old maid. And she hasn't done
anything yet. You are to find out how she'll feel when