|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:
it when it comes to that shade. Blue 's my favorite color,
but I prefer it in the eyes," continued Longueville's companion,
resting upon him her own two brilliant little specimens of the
He listened with that expression of clear amusement which is not always
an indication of high esteem, but which even pretty chatterers, who are
not the reverse of estimable, often prefer to masculine inattention;
and while he listened Bernard, according to his wont, made his reflections.
He said to himself that there were two kinds of pretty girls--
the acutely conscious and the finely unconscious. Mrs. Vivian's protege
was a member of the former category; she belonged to the genus coquette.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
favor; but the thought is a part of my history, and I should be
false to the earliest and most cherished sentiments of my soul,
if I suppressed, or hesitated to avow that opinion, although it
may be characterized as irrational by the wise, and ridiculous by
the scoffer. From my earliest recollections of serious matters,
I date the entertainment of something like an ineffaceable
conviction, that slavery would not always be able to hold me
within its foul embrace; and this conviction, like a word of
living faith, strengthened me through the darkest trials of my
lot. This good spirit was from God; and to him I offer
thanksgiving and praise.
My Bondage and My Freedom
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
his way toward this knob, through the multitude of boughs, which were
covered with tough, slippery, marine leaves, like seaweed. Arriving
at the crown, he found that it actually was a sort of head. for there
were membranes like rudimentary eyes all the way around it, denoting
some form of low intelligence.
At that moment the tree touched bottom, though some way from the
shore, and began to bump heavily. To steady himself, Maskull put his
hand out, and, in doing so, accidentally covered some of the
membranes. The tree sheered off the land, as if by an act of will.
When it was steady again, Maskull removed his hand; they at once
drifted back to shore. He thought a bit, and then started