|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:
uncomfortable about staying there alone. She hadn't liked the way he kept
coming into the kitchen to instruct her, or the way he looked at her.
`I feel as if he is up to some of his tricks again, and is going to try
to scare me, somehow.'
Grandmother was apprehensive at once. `I don't think it's right for
you to stay there, feeling that way. I suppose it wouldn't be right
for you to leave the place alone, either, after giving your word.
Maybe Jim would be willing to go over there and sleep, and you could
come here nights. I'd feel safer, knowing you were under my own roof.
I guess Jim could take care of their silver and old usury notes as well
as you could.'
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne:
'--Was it without remission?--
'--Was it more tolerable in bed?
'--Could he lie on both sides alike with it?
'--Was he able to mount a horse?
'--Was motion bad for it?' et caetera, were so tenderly spoke to, and so
directed towards my uncle Toby's heart, that every item of them sunk ten
times deeper into it than the evils themselves--but when Mrs. Wadman went
round about by Namur to get at my uncle Toby's groin; and engaged him to
attack the point of the advanced counterscarp, and pele mele with the Dutch
to take the counterguard of St. Roch sword in hand--and then with tender
notes playing upon his ear, led him all bleeding by the hand out of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
I kept my piece in my hand still without firing, being willing to
keep my charge ready, because I had given the Spaniard my pistol
and sword: so I called to Friday, and bade him run up to the tree
from whence we first fired, and fetch the arms which lay there that
had been discharged, which he did with great swiftness; and then
giving him my musket, I sat down myself to load all the rest again,
and bade them come to me when they wanted. While I was loading
these pieces, there happened a fierce engagement between the
Spaniard and one of the savages, who made at him with one of their
great wooden swords, the weapon that was to have killed him before,
if I had not prevented it. The Spaniard, who was as bold and brave