|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde:
to keep himself warm by flapping his wings.
But at last he knew that he was going to die. He had just strength
to fly up to the Prince's shoulder once more. "Good-bye, dear
Prince!" he murmured, "will you let me kiss your hand?"
"I am glad that you are going to Egypt at last, little Swallow,"
said the Prince, "you have stayed too long here; but you must kiss
me on the lips, for I love you."
"It is not to Egypt that I am going," said the Swallow. "I am
going to the House of Death. Death is the brother of Sleep, is he
And he kissed the Happy Prince on the lips, and fell down dead at
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
such fun! As we went along, Kitty and I drew up the blinds, and
pretended there was nobody in the coach; and I should have
gone so all the way, if Kitty had not been sick; and when we got
to the George, I do think we behaved very handsomely, for we
treated the other three with the nicest cold luncheon in the
world, and if you would have gone, we would have treated you
too. And then when we came away it was such fun! I thought
we never should have got into the coach. I was ready to die of
laughter. And then we were so merry all the way home! we
talked and laughed so loud, that anybody might have heard us
ten miles off!"
Pride and Prejudice
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Calton Hill, Winter and New Year, and to the Pentland Hills. 'Tis
a kind of book nobody would ever care to read; but none of the
young men could have done it better than I have, which is always a
consolation. I read INLAND VOYAGE the other day: what rubbish
these reviewers did talk! It is not badly written, thin, mildly
cheery, and strained. SELON MOI. I mean to visit Hamerton on my
return journey; otherwise, I should come by sea from Marseilles. I
am very well known here now; indeed, quite a feature of the place.
- Your affectionate son,
R. L. S.
The Engineer is the Conductor of Roads and Bridges; then I have the