|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain:
There, the genuine and wholesome civilization of the nineteenth
century is curiously confused and commingled with the Walter
Scott Middle-Age sham civilization; and so you have practical,
common-sense, progressive ideas, and progressive works; mixed up
with the duel, the inflated speech, and the jejune romanticism of an
absurd past that is dead, and out of charity ought to be buried.
But for the Sir Walter disease, the character of the Southerner--
or Southron, according to Sir Walter's starchier way of phrasing it--
would be wholly modern, in place of modern and medieval mixed,
and the South would be fully a generation further advanced than it is.
It was Sir Walter that made every gentleman in the South a Major
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Heroes by Charles Kingsley:
coast of Crete. Thrice a day he walks round the island, and
never stops to sleep; and if strangers land he leaps into his
furnace, which flames there among the hills; and when he is
red-hot he rushes on them, and burns them in his brazen
Then all the heroes cried, 'What shall we do, wise Medeia?
We must have water, or we die of thirst. Flesh and blood we
can face fairly; but who can face this red-hot brass?'
'I can face red-hot brass, if the tale I hear be true. For
they say that he has but one vein in all his body, filled
with liquid fire; and that this vein is closed with a nail:
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
Then Annie turned with a quick, cat-like motion.
Her eyes blazed under her brown toss of hair. She
gesticulated with her little, nervous hands. Her
voice was as sweet and intense as a reed, and withal
piercing with anger.
"It was not half past one when I went out," said
she, "and there was a whole sinkful of dishes."
"It was after two. I looked at the clock," said
"It was not."
"And there were very few dishes," said Jane.