|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
have known and sailed with seamen too, and lived and eaten with
them; and I made my put-up shot in no great ignorance, but as a
put-up thing has to be made, I.E. to be coherent and picturesque,
and damn the expense. Are they fairly lively on the wires? Then,
favour me with your tongues. Are they wooden, and dim, and no
sport? Then it is I that am silent, otherwise not. The work,
strange as it may sound in the ear, is not a work of realism. The
next thing I shall hear is that the etiquette is wrong in Otto's
Court! With a warrant, and I mean it to be so, and the whole
matter never cost me half a thought. I make these paper people to
please myself, and Skelt, and God Almighty, and with no ulterior
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:
second Christian century, and the Saint Teresas of Spain, and such
sublime ecstatics. All human sentiments bear analogy to these
conditions whenever the mind abandons Effect for Cause. Thaddeus had
reached this height, at which all things change their relative aspect.
Filled with the joys unutterable of a creator he had attained in his
love to all that genius has revealed to us of grandeur.
"No," he was thinking to himself as he watched the curling smoke of
his pipe, "she was not entirely deceived. She might break up my
friendship with Adam if she took a dislike to me; but if she coquetted
with me to amuse herself, what would become of me?"
The conceit of this last supposition was so foreign to the modest
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Poor and Proud by Oliver Optic:
obeisance, and feeling very mush confused, for it was the first
time she had ever come into the presence of a great man, and she
could not exactly tell whether she ought to get down on her
knees, as she had read that people did when they approached a
king, or to remain standing.
"Well my dear, what is your name?" continued the mayor.
"Katy Redburn, if you please, sir," replied Katy with another
"I am glad you have come to me with this business, Katy. Mrs.
Gordon speaks very handsomely of you."
"She is very kind, sir."