|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis:
our years together you've never talked to me like that!"
"It's about time then!"
"Lately you've been getting worse and worse, and now, finally, you're cursing
and swearing at me and shouting at me, and your voice so ugly and hateful--I
"Oh, rats, quit exaggerating! I wasn't shouting, or swearing either."
"I wish you could hear your own voice! Maybe you don't realize how it sounds.
But even so--You never used to talk like that. You simply COULDN'T talk this
way if something dreadful hadn't happened to you."
His mind was hard. With amazement he found that he wasn't particularly sorry.
It was only with an effort that he made himself more agreeable: "Well, gosh,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
academicians, and dog breeders all over the earth. Thus, when my Aunt--
the president, herself, mind you!--said to me one day that she thought,
if I proved my qualifications, my name might be favorably considered by
the Selected Salic Scions--I say no more; I blush, though you cannot see
me; when I am tempted, I seem to be human, after all.
At first, to be sure, I met Aunt Carola's suggestion in the way that I am
too ready to meet many of her remarks; for you must know she once, with
sincere simplicity and good-will, told my Uncle Andrew (her husband; she
is only my Aunt by marriage) that she had married beneath her; and she
seemed unprepared for his reception of this candid statement: Uncle
Andrew was unaffectedly merry over it. Ever since then all of us wait
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
considered her. There was something noble in her head, and she
appeared fresh and strong.
Her good father surveyed her with complacency, remarking soon:
"She looks too hot - that's her walk. But she'll be all right
presently. Then I'll make her come over and speak to you."
"I should be sorry to give you that trouble. If you were to take
me over THERE - !" the young man murmured.
"My dear sir, do you suppose I put myself out that way? I don't
mean for you, but for Marian," the General added.
"I would put myself out for her soon enough," Overt replied; after
which he went on: "Will you be so good as to tell me which of