|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Case of The Lamp That Went Out by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
But he came again and again, demanding money which she saved from
her pin money, from her household allowance, thus taking what she
had intended to use to redeem her jewels. The pledge was lost, and
her jewels gone forever. From now on, Mrs. Thorne lived in a terror
which sapped her strength and drank her life blood drop by drop. Any
hour might bring discovery, a discovery which she feared would shake
her husband's love for her. The poor weak little woman grew pale and
ill. She wrote finally to her step-brother, but he could think of no
way out; he wrote only that if the matter came to a scandal there
would be nothing for him to do but to kill himself. This was one
reason more for her silence, and Mrs. Thome faded to a wan shadow of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Marie by H. Rider Haggard:
Retief himself combated this view, and at last turned suddenly to me,
who was listening near by, and said:
"Allan Quatermain, you are young, but you have a good judgment; also,
you are one of the very few who know Dingaan and can speak his language.
Tell us now, what do you think?"
Thus adjured, I answered, perhaps moved thereto more than I thought by
Hans's talk, that I, too, considered the thing dangerous, and that
someone whose life was less valuable than the commandant's should go in
"Why do you say so, nephew," he said irritably, "seeing that all white
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
nonsense by permitting the compositor to make it unintelligible.
PROPERTY, n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may
be held by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the
passion for possession in one and disappoints it in all others. The
object of man's brief rapacity and long indifference.
PROPHECY, n. The art and practice of selling one's credibility for
PROSPECT, n. An outlook, usually forbidding. An expectation, usually
Blow, blow, ye spicy breezes --
O'er Ceylon blow your breath,
The Devil's Dictionary