|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey:
"Is that why you hated to tell me?"
"Not--not altogether." Bess lowered her head. "It was because I
knew you'd never stay here long after you found gold."
"You were afraid I'd leave you?"
"Listen!...You great, simple child! Listen...You sweet,
wonderful, wild, blue-eyed girl! I was tortured by my secret. It
was that I knew we--we must leave the valley. We can't stay here
much longer. I couldn't think how we'd get away--out of the
country--or how we'd live, if we ever got out. I'm a beggar.
That's why I kept my secret. I'm poor. It takes money to make way
Riders of the Purple Sage
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
her out of it. She would be worrying herself all the time he was
away. Well, he couldn't help it. There was no one ashore fit to
take his place for the trip.
"This friend of mine and I went home together in the same mail-
boat, and he mentioned that conversation one evening in the Red Sea
while we were talking over the things and people we had just left,
with more or less regret.
"I can't say that Davidson occupied a very prominent place. Moral
excellence seldom does. He was quietly appreciated by those who
knew him well; but his more obvious distinction consisted in this,
that he was married. Ours, as you remember, was a bachelor crowd;
Within the Tides
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Letters from England by Elizabeth Davis Bancroft:
is charming. . . . They have three children, very lovely. The
eldest, Victor, a fine boy of seven years old, Victoria, a girl of
four, for whom the Queen was sponsor, and Albert, to whom Prince
Albert performed the same office. This was, of course, voluntary in
the royal parties, as it was not a favor to be asked. . . . Madam
Van de Weyer is not spoiled, certainly, by the prominent part she
was called to play in this great centre of the world at so early an
age, and makes an excellent courtier. I could not help pitying her,
however, for looking forward to going through, year after year, the
same round of ceremonies, forms, and society. For us, it is a new
study, and invaluable for a short time; but I could not bear it for