|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen:
attracting each other, she remained in tranquillity;
and as a whist-table was formed after tea--formed really
for the amusement of Dr. Grant, by his attentive wife,
though it was not to be supposed so--and Miss Crawford
took her harp, she had nothing to do but to listen;
and her tranquillity remained undisturbed the rest
of the evening, except when Mr. Crawford now and then
addressed to her a question or observation, which she
could not avoid answering. Miss Crawford was too much
vexed by what had passed to be in a humour for anything
but music. With that she soothed herself and amused
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
Or had someone wished simply to destroy this portion of the mine?
Thus he questioned, and when he made known this occurrence
to his father, neither could the old overman nor he himself
answer the question in a satisfactory way.
"It is very queer," Harry often repeated. "The presence of an
unknown being in the mine seems impossible, and yet there can
be no doubt about it. Does someone besides ourselves wish to find
out if a seam yet exists? Or, rather, has he attempted to destroy
what remains of the Aberfoyle mines? But for what reason?
I will find that out, if it should cost me my life!"
A fortnight before the day on which Harry Ford guided
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
shall go and take a bath."
Opposite to me was the brownest woman I have ever seen, lying on her back,
her arms clasped over her head.
"How long have you been here to-day?" she was asked.
"Oh, I spend the day here now," she answered. "I am making my own 'cure,'
and living entirely on raw vegetables and nuts, and each day I feel my
spirit is stronger and purer. After all, what can you expect? The
majority of us are walking about with pig corpuscles and oxen fragments in
our brain. The wonder is the world is as good as it is. Now I live on the
simple, provided food"--she pointed to a little bag beside her--"a lettuce,
a carrot, a potato, and some nuts are ample, rational nourishment. I wash