|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Phantasmagoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll:
She wrenched some slow reluctant truth.
Till, like a silent water-mill,
When summer suns have dried the rill,
She reached a full stop, and was still.
Dead calm succeeded to the fuss,
As when the loaded omnibus
Has reached the railway terminus:
When, for the tumult of the street,
Is heard the engine's stifled beat,
The velvet tread of porters' feet.
With glance that ever sought the ground,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
very first big and real temptation, I--Edward, it is my belief that
this town's honesty is as rotten as mine is; as rotten as yours. It
is a mean town, a hard, stingy town, and hasn't a virtue in the
world but this honesty it is so celebrated for and so conceited
about; and so help me, I do believe that if ever the day comes that
its honesty falls under great temptation, its grand reputation will
go to ruin like a house of cards. There, now, I've made confession,
and I feel better; I am a humbug, and I've been one all my life,
without knowing it. Let no man call me honest again--I will not
"I-- Well, Mary, I feel a good deal as you do: I certainly do. It
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
with stuff like is on the browed-up haouse. Cha'ncey he says they
leads off into the medders, whar a great swath wider'n a barn
is matted daown, an' all the stun walls tumbled every whichway
wherever it goes.
'An' he says, says he, Mis' Corey, as haow
he sot to look fer Seth's caows, frightened ez he was an' faound
'em in the upper pasture nigh the Devil's Hop Yard in an awful
shape. Haff on 'em's clean gone, an' nigh haff o' them that's
left is sucked most dry o' blood, with sores on 'em like they's
ben on Whateleys cattle ever senct Lavinny's black brat was born.
Seth hes gone aout naow to look at 'em, though I'll vaow he won't
The Dunwich Horror