|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Adventure by Jack London:
understand that it was time for me to go. You fired me out of your
house, in short. And then you have the cheek to want to know why I
am starting the row. It won't do, I tell you. You started it, and
I am going to see it through."
Sheldon smiled tolerantly and proceeded to light a cigarette. But
Tudor was not to be turned aside.
"You started this row," he urged.
"There isn't any row. It takes two to make a row, and I, for one,
refuse to have anything to do with such tomfoolery."
"You started it, I say, and I'll tell you why you started it."
"I fancy you've been drinking," Sheldon interposed. "It's the only
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The House of Dust by Conrad Aiken:
With roses on the walls.
This is her room. On one side there is music--
On one side not a sound.
At one step she could move from love to silence,
Feel myriad darkness coiling round.
And here are balconies from which she heard you,
Your steady footsteps on the stair.
And here the glass in which she saw your shadow
As she unbound her hair.
Here is the room--with ghostly walls dissolving--
The twilight room in which she called you 'lover';
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
satirist asked my Lord Danby if he had not mistaken his way.
"No," said the courtier with a bow, "not since I have found Mr.
Marvell." He then proceeded to tell him that the king, being
impressed by a high sense of his abilities, was desirous of
serving him. Apprehending what services were expected in return,
Marvell answered that he who accepted favours from the court was
bound to vote in its interests. "Nay," said my lord, "his
majesty but desires to know if there is any place at court you
would accept." On which Marvell replied he could receive nothing
with honour, for either he must treat the king with ingratitude
by refusing compliance with court measures, or be a traitor to