|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
to tell you, Richey, and it requires proper setting."
McKnight was puzzled, but he followed me obediently round to the
kitchen entrance of the empty house. It was unlocked, as I had
expected. While we climbed to the upper floor I retailed the
events of the previous night.
"It's the finest thing I ever heard of," McKnight said, staring up
at the ladder and the trap. "What a vaudeville skit it would make!
Only you ought not to have put your foot on her hand. They don't
do it in the best circles."
I wheeled on him impatiently.
"You don't understand the situation at all, Richey!" I exclaimed.
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
they could under the shadow of the southern bank, while on their
right hand the full sun-glare lay upon the enormous wall of
mimosas, figs, and laurels, which formed the northern forest,
broken by the slender shafts of bamboo tufts, and decked with a
thousand gaudy parasites; bank upon bank of gorgeous bloom piled
upward to the sky, till where its outline cut the blue, flowers and
leaves, too lofty to be distinguished by the eye, formed a broken
rainbow of all hues quivering in the ascending streams of azure
mist, until they seemed to melt and mingle with the very heavens.
And as the sun rose higher and higher, a great stillness fell upon
the forest. The jaguars and the monkeys had hidden themselves in
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce:
the fiery heart, without material substance, he swung
through unthinkable arcs of oscillation, like a vast
pendulum. Then all at once, with terrible suddenness, the
light about him shot upward with the noise of a loud splash;
a frightful roaring was in his ears, and all was cold and
dark. The power of thought was restored; he knew that the
rope had broken and he had fallen into the stream. There was
no additional strangulation; the noose about his neck
was already suffocating him and kept the water from his
lungs. To die of hanging at the bottom of a river! -- the
idea seemed to him ludicrous. He opened his eyes in the
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge