|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
to keep me company."
Julia often came for a week or ten days at a time. Julia, about
the house after supper, was given to those vivid splashy
negligees with big flower patterns strewn over them. They made
her hair look blacker and her skin whiter by contrast. Sometimes
Eugene or Adele or both would drop in and the four would play
bridge. Aunt Sophy played a shrewd and canny game, Adele a
rather brilliant one, Julia a wild and disastrous hand, always,
and Eugene so badly that only Julia would take him on as a
partner. Mrs. Baldwin never knew about these evenings.
It was on one of these occasions that Aunt Sophy, coming
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Chinese Boy and Girl by Isaac Taylor Headland:
face or body games other than those already given. Our own nurse
insisted that she knew of none, but one day I noticed her
grabbing my little girl's knee, while she was saying:
One grab silver,
Two grabs gold,
Three don't laugh,
And you'll grow old.
There is no literature in China, not even in the sacred
books, which is so generally known as their nursery
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
He felt very proud of being able to speak so calmly. Decidedly
he was not going mad. This certitude was very comforting, and he
went on talking about the finding of the body, listening to his
own voice complacently. Nina stood quietly, her hand resting
lightly on her father's shoulder, her face unmoved, but every
line of her features, the attitude of her whole body expressing
the most keen and anxious attention.
"And so Dain is dead," she said coldly, when her father ceased
Almayer's elaborately calm demeanour gave way in a moment to an