|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
only when I was a child. I don't remember that very well. I
daresay I was very objectionable as a child."
Lingard tried to imagine her as a child. The idea was novel to
him. Her perfection seemed to have come into the world complete,
mature, and without any hesitation or weakness. He had nothing in
his experience that could help him to imagine a child of that
class. The children he knew played about the village street and
ran on the beach. He had been one of them. He had seen other
children, of course, since, but he had not been in touch with
them except visually and they had not been English children. Her
childhood, like his own, had been passed in England, and that
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Philosophy 4 by Owen Wister:
makes no noise."
"If a thing is inaudible--" began the tutor,
"That's mere juggling!" vociferated the boy," That's merely the same
kind of toy-shop brain-trick you gave us out of Greek philosophy
yesterday, They said there was no such thing as motion because at every
instant of time the moving body had to be somewhere, so how could it get
anywhere else? Good Lord! I can make up foolishness like that myself.
For instance: A moving body can never stop. Why? Why, because at every
instant of time it must be going at a certain rate, so how can it ever
get slower? Pooh!" He stopped. He had been gesticulating with one
hand, which he now jammed wrathfully into his pocket.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:
going on at once, I did not even take the trouble to answer him.
I knew, and he knew, that it was impossible. Were we to let go our
hold of the bottom, we would be absolutely in the air--in space.
We wouldn't be able to tell where we were going to--whether up
or down stream, or across--till we fetched against one bank
or the other--and then we wouldn't know at first which it was.
Of course I made no move. I had no mind for a smash-up.
You couldn't imagine a more deadly place for a shipwreck.
Whether we drowned at once or not, we were sure to perish speedily
in one way or another. `I authorize you to take all the risks,'
he said, after a short silence. `I refuse to take any,'
Heart of Darkness