|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
But I was more interested in matters which Dick seemed to wish to avoid.
"How did you get out of the burning forest?" I asked, for the second time.
"We didn't get out. We went back to the pool where we sent you. The
pack-ponies were there, but you were gone. By George! I was mad, and then I
was just broken up. I was . . . afraid you'd been burned. We weathered the
fire all right, and then rode in to Holston. Now the mystery is where were
"Then you saved all the ponies?"
"Yes, and brought your outfit in. But, Ken, we--that was awful of us to
forget those poor fellows tied fast in the cabin." Dick looked haggard,
there was a dark gloom in his eyes, and he gulped. Then I knew why he
The Young Forester
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Moby Dick by Herman Melville:
he broods within his sternward cabin, builded over the dead water of
the wake, and further on, hunted by its wolfish gurglings. The long
howl thrills me through! Peace! ye revellers, and set the watch!
Oh, life! 'tis in an hour like this, with soul beat down and held to
knowledge,--as wild, untutored things are forced to feed--Oh, life!
'tis now that I do feel the latent horror in thee! but 'tis not me!
that horror's out of me! and with the soft feeling of the human in
me, yet will I try to fight ye, ye grim, phantom futures! Stand by
me, hold me, bind me, O ye blessed influences!
First Night Watch.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
Condy made a pretence of rising to get a match in a ribbed,
truncated cone of china that stood upon an adjacent table, and
Blix held her breath as he glanced down into the depths of the
hat. He resumed his seat.
"Only initials," he breathed--"W. J. A. It might be Jack, that
J., and it might be Joe, or Jeremiah, or Joshua; and even if he
was a captain he might not use the title. We're no better off
than we were before."