|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Extracts From Adam's Diary by Mark Twain:
on about them like this when their dinner disagreed with them.
She doesn't work Sundays, but lies around all tired out, and likes
to have the fish wallow over her; and she makes fool noises to
amuse it, and pretends to chew its paws, and that makes it laugh.
I have not seen a fish before that could laugh. This makes me
doubt. ... I have come to like Sunday myself. Superintending
all the week tires a body so. There ought to be more Sundays.
In the old days they were tough, but now they come handy.
It isn't a fish. I cannot quite make out what it is. It makes
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
the reminiscence always began: "In September, 1862, when the Northern
vandals," etc., etc., or" When the Northern vandals were repulsed by my
husband's cousin, General Braxton Bragg," etc., etc. Now it was not that
I was personally wounded by the term, because at the time of the vandals
I was not even born, and also because I know that vandals cannot be kept
out of any army. Deeply as I believed the March to the Sea to have been
imperative, of "Sherman's bummers" and their excesses I had a fair
historic knowledge and a very poor opinion; and this I should have been
glad to tell Juno, had she ever given me the chance; but her immodest
sympathy for herself froze all sympathy for her. Why could she not
preserve a well-bred silence upon her sufferings, as did the other old
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Dream Life and Real Life by Olive Schreiner:
there!" She ran forward again, then hesitated. She shaded her eyes from
the moonlight, and looked. Between her and the farmhouse there were three
figures moving over the low bushes.
In the sheeny moonlight you could see how they moved on, slowly and
furtively; the short one, and the one in light clothes, and the one in
"I cannot help them now!" she cried, and sank down on the ground, with her
little hands clasped before her.
"Awake, awake!" said the farmer's wife; "I hear a strange noise; something
calling, calling, calling!"