|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
Rosa was announced simply as Rosa Gryphus; but as her name,
well as it might sound, was unknown to the President, she
was refused admittance.
Rosa, however, was by no means abashed, having vowed in her
heart, in pursuing her cause, not to allow herself to be put
down either by refusal, or abuse, or even brutality.
"Announce to the President," she said to the servant, "that
I want to speak to him about the black tulip."
These words seemed to be an "Open Sesame," for she soon
found herself in the office of the President, Van Systens,
who gallantly rose from his chair to meet her.
The Black Tulip
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
habit of stopping his car in front of the house and honking until
some one comes out. He has a code of signals with the horn, which
I never remember. Two long and a short blast mean, I believe, "Send
out a box of cigarettes," and six short blasts, which sound like a
police call, mean "Can you lend me some money?" To-night I knew
something was up, for he got out and rang the door-bell like a
They came into the library, and Hotchkiss wiped his collar until
it gleamed. McKnight was aggressively cheerful.
"Not pinched yet!" he exclaimed. "What do you think of that for
luck! You always were a fortunate devil, Lawrence."
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain:
of him and Aunt Sally on the other, and they had veils on,
and was full of trouble. But Tom he set by our lawyer,
and had his finger in everywheres, of course. The lawyer
let him, and the judge let him. He 'most took the business
out of the lawyer's hands sometimes; which was well enough,
because that was only a mud-turtle of a back-settlement
lawyer and didn't know enough to come in when it rains,
as the saying is.
They swore in the jury, and then the lawyer for the
prostitution got up and begun. He made a terrible speech
against the old man, that made him moan and groan,