|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
up the hill at the manzanita bush that marked approximately the apex of the
"V." He nodded his head and said oracularly:
"It's one o' two things, Bill; one o' two things. Either Mr. Pocket's spilled
himself all out an' down the hill, or else Mr. Pocket's that damned rich you
maybe won't be able to carry him all away with you. And that'd be hell,
wouldn't it, now?" He chuckled at contemplation of so pleasant a dilemma.
Nightfall found him by the edge of the stream his eyes wrestling with the
gathering darkness over the washing of a five-dollar pan.
"Wisht I had an electric light to go on working." he said.
He found sleep difficult that night. Many times he composed himself and closed
his eyes for slumber to overtake him; but his blood pounded with too strong
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
As the light began to fade, the youths happened upon a snake,
sitting on a rock to get the last warmth it could find before the
cold night set in.
"Oh, no!" said the first youth. "Out here it's just one problem
after another. Now we'll have to worry about that snake crawling
all over us as we sleep."
"What a great opportunity," said the second youth. "Now we can have
some dinner." Soon the snake was roasting on an impromptu fire, and
in a little while, the two youths began to eat.
"This is horrible," said the first youth, spitting out the meat and
nearly vomiting. "I can't imagine a worse thing."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
but I shall not be able to tell you for some days. Only, put it
to me again!" I cried in a way that made my friend stare.
"There are directions in which I must not for the present
let myself go." Meanwhile I returned to her first example--
the one to which she had just previously referred--
of the boy's happy capacity for an occasional slip.
"If Quint--on your remonstrance at the time you speak of--
was a base menial, one of the things Miles said to you,
I find myself guessing, was that you were another."
Again her admission was so adequate that I continued:
"And you forgave him that?"