|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"No. That's off, Lollie. The Sieberts are going for a week's
cruise along the coast. I - the hot weather has played hob with me
and the cruise means seven days' breeze and bridge."
I lighted a cigarette and offered him the box, but he refused. He
was looking haggard and suddenly tired. I could not think of
anything to say, and neither could he, evidently. The matter between
us lay too deep for speech.
"How's Candida?" he asked.
"Martin says a month, and she will be all right," I returned, in the
same tone. He picked up his hat, but he had something more to say.
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
Colleville politely offered him his arm.
"No, monsieur," he said, "you must allow me to stay where I am. I am
not dressed for a party, and besides, a strong light hurts my eyes.
Moreover, I don't choose to give myself as a spectacle; it will be
best that my interview with Felix Phellion should take place between
'four-eyes,' as they say."
"Well, let him alone, then," said Brigitte to Colleville.
No one insisted,--the old man having, unconsciously, pretty nigh
discrowned himself in the opinion of the company. But before leaving,
the careful housewife removed everything that was at all fragile from
his reach; then, by way of a slight attention, she said:--
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Astoria by Washington Irving:
visit to the Mandans, Minatarees, and other tribes of the
Missouri, taking with them droves of horses which they exchange
for guns, ammunition, trinkets, vermilion, cloths of bright
colors, and various other articles of European manufacture. With
these they supply their own wants and caprices, and carry on the
internal trade for horses already mentioned.
The plot of Rose to rob and abandon his countrymen when in the
heart of the wilderness, and to throw himself into the hands of
savages, may appear strange and improbable to those unacquainted
with the singular and anomalous characters that are to be found
about the borders. This fellow, it appears, was one of those