|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
that came over the water.
Almayer shivered as he made an effort to speak, and again with an
uncertain gesture he seemed to free his throat from the grip of
an invisible hand. His bloodshot eyes wandered aimlessly from
face to face.
"There!" he said at last. "Are you all there? He is a dangerous
He dragged at the cover with hasty violence, and the body rolled
stiffly off the planks and fell at his feet in rigid
"Cold, perfectly cold," said Almayer, looking round with a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
"I think he's real tiresome," Daisy pursued.
Then, for some moments, there was silence. "Well, Daisy Miller,"
said the elder lady, presently, "I shouldn't think you'd want
to talk against your own brother!"
"Well, he IS tiresome, Mother," said Daisy, quite without
the asperity of a retort.
"He's only nine," urged Mrs. Miller.
"Well, he wouldn't go to that castle," said the young girl.
"I'm going there with Mr. Winterbourne."
To this announcement, very placidly made, Daisy's mamma offered
no response. Winterbourne took for granted that she deeply
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
moment I stood bewildered: the whole train of my reasoning
and dreaming passed afresh through my mind; I was again
tempted, drawn as if with cords, by the image of the cabman's
eating-house, and again recoiled from the possibility of insult.
"Qui dort dine," thought I to myself; and took my homeward
way with wavering footsteps, through rainy streets in which the
lamps and the shop-windows now began to gleam; still
marshalling imaginary dinners as I went.
"Ah, Monsieur Dodd," said the porter, "there has been a
registered letter for you. The facteur will bring it again