|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:
the ages. It is very composed of them. I can't think why they do
it. Nor why I have written a real letter. If you write a real
letter back, damme, I'll try to CORRESPOND with you. A thing
unknown in this age. It is a consequence of the decay of faith; we
cannot believe that the fellow will be at the pains to read us.
Letter: TO W. E. HENLEY
17 HERIOT ROW, EDINBURGH [APRIL 1879].
MY DEAR HENLEY, - Heavens! have I done the like? 'Clarify and
strain,' indeed? 'Make it like Marvell,' no less. I'll tell you
what - you may go to the devil; that's what I think. 'Be eloquent'
is another of your pregnant suggestions. I cannot sufficiently
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
was determined that they should vote and equally determined that
their vote should be friendly to the North. With this in mind,
nothing was too good for the negroes. The Yankee soldiers backed
them up in anything they chose to do, and the surest way for a
white person to get himself into trouble was to bring a complaint
of any kind against a negro.
The former slaves were now the lords of creation and, with the aid
of the Yankees, the lowest and most ignorant ones were on top. The
better class of them, scorning freedom, were suffering as severely
as their white masters. Thousands of house servants, the highest
caste in the slave population, remained with their white folks,
Gone With the Wind
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
tomb and him?'
'That's his tomb,' she continued faintly.
'What! was he who lies buried there the man who was your lover?'
Knight asked in a distinct voice.
'Yes; and I didn't love him or encourage him.'
'But you let him kiss you--you said so, you know, Elfride.'
She made no reply.
'Why,' said Knight, recollecting circumstances by degrees, 'you
surely said you were in some degree engaged to him--and of course
you were if he kissed you. And now you say you never encouraged
him. And I have been fancying you said--I am almost sure you did--
A Pair of Blue Eyes