|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
without showing any great concern.
They both went out, and I stared at the steward clearing the table.
There was nothing to be read on that wretched man's face.
But why did he avoid my eyes, I asked myself. Then I thought I
should like to hear the sound of his voice.
"Sir!" Startled as usual.
"Where did you hang up that coat?"
"In the bathroom, sir." The usual anxious tone.
"It's not quite dry yet, sir."
For some time longer I sat in the cuddy. Had my double vanished
The Secret Sharer
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
window winked unpleasantly. And with a feeling of jealousy and
envy for what was going on downstairs, I listened and thought: "I
am master here; if I like, I can in a moment turn out all that
fine crew." But I knew that all that was nonsense, that I could
not turn out any one, and the word "master" had no meaning. One
may think oneself master, married, rich, a kammer-junker, as much
as one likes, and at the same time not know what it means.
After supper some one downstairs began singing in a tenor voice.
"Why, nothing special has happened," I tried to persuade myself.
"Why am I so upset? I won't go downstairs tomorrow, that's all;
and that will be the end of our quarrel."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Helen of Troy And Other Poems by Sara Teasdale:
That shine with tears. Sappho, you saw the sun
Just now when you came hither, and again,
When you have left me, all the shimmering
Great meadows will laugh lightly, and the sun
Put round about you warm invisible arms
As might a lover, decking you with light.
I go toward darkness tho' I lie so still.
If I could see the sun, I should look up
And drink the light until my eyes were blind;
I should kneel down and kiss the blades of grass,
And I should call the birds with such a voice,