|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories by Alice Dunbar:
thump, thump, of the machine compressing them within the hold of
Finnegan, the leader, who had held up his hand for silence,
uttered an oath.
"Scabs! Men, come on!"
There was no need for a further invitation. The men rose in
sullen wrath and went down the levee, the crowd gathering in
numbers as it passed along. Mr. Baptiste followed in its wake,
now and then sighing a mournful protest which was lost in the
roar of the men.
"Scabs!" Finnegan had said; and the word was passed along, until
The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain:
slavery, en in a year you's gwine to buy yo' ole mammy free ag'in.
I'll show you how. Dat's de plan."
Tom's hopes began to rise, and his spirits along with them. He said:
"It's lovely of you, Mammy--it's just--"
"Say it ag'in! En keep on sayin' it! It's all de pay a
body kin want in dis worl', en it's mo' den enough.
Laws bless you, honey, when I's slav' aroun', en dey 'buses me,
if I knows you's a-sayin' dat, 'way off yonder somers,
it'll heal up all de sore places, en I kin stan' 'em."
"I DO say it again, Mammy, and I'll keep on saying it, too.
But how am I going to sell you? You're free, you know."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
got the details of what they thought was a straight play to-night
- and it leaked to you, as I knew it would; and you walked into the
trap, as I knew you would, because the bait was good and juicy, and
looked the easiest thing to annex that ever happened. Fifty thousand
dollars! Fifty thousand - nothing! All you had to do was to get a
few papers that it wouldn't bother any crook to get, even a near
- crook like you, and then come here and screw the money out of a
helpless old man, who was supposed to have been discovered to be a
miser. Easy, wasn't it? Only Nicky Viner wasn't a miser! We chose
Nicky because of what happened two years ago. It made things look
pretty near right, didn't it? Looked straight, that part about