|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost:
confidence, upon the success of our other schemes.
"After having supped, with certainly more satisfaction than I
had ever before experienced, I retired to prepare for our
project. All my arrangements were the more easy, because, for
the purpose of returning on the morrow to my father's, my luggage
had been already packed. I had, therefore, no difficulty in
removing my trunk, and having a chaise prepared for five o'clock
in the morning, at which hour the gates of the town would be
opened; but I encountered an obstacle which I was little prepared
for, and which nearly upset all my plans.
"Tiberge, although only three years older than myself, was a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
always been good friends. What more do you
want? I like to talk to Carl about New York
and what a fellow can do there."
"Oh, Emil! Surely you are not thinking of
going off there?"
"Why not? I must go somewhere, mustn't
I?" The young man took up his scythe and
leaned on it. "Would you rather I went off in
the sand hills and lived like Ivar?"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne:
encountered greater heat."
"According to your system," said my uncle. "But what does the
"Hardly fifteen degrees (59° Fahr), nine degrees only since our
"Well, what is your conclusion?"
"This is my conclusion. According to exact observations, the increase
of temperature in the interior of the globe advances at the rate of
one degree (1 4/5° Fahr.) for every hundred feet. But certain local
conditions may modify this rate. Thus at Yakoutsk in Siberia the
increase of a degree is ascertained to be reached every 36 feet. This
Journey to the Center of the Earth